Fricke Guilty Of First-Degree Intentional Homicide In Death Of Milwaukee Officer Rittner

Jordan Fricke Shot, Killed Matthew Rittner In February

Milwaukee Police car
Milwaukee Police stage on the city’s south side Wednesday, February 6, 2019 after responding to a call of an officer being shot that morning. The officer, 35-year-old Matthew Rittner, was taken to a hospital where he died later that day. Corri Hess/WPR

A Wisconsin man has been convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the February shooting death of Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jordan Fricke was convicted Friday by a jury that deliberated for a little more than an hour.

Fricke testified Friday that he believed he heard gunshots and fired in self-defense. But Rittner was actually using a battering ram to serve a search warrant on Fricke’s home.

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Prosecutors have said Fricke had to know it was police because they loudly announced their presence.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Fricke said he bought a gun in 2013 for protection, after then-Sheriff David Clarke Jr. told residents to arm themselves because police were slow to respond.