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February 20, 2019

Accused cop killer claims he didn’t realize police were at his door when he fired

February 11, 2019
Jordan Fricke is charged with intentional homicide, recklessly endangering safety and maintaining a drug trafficking place. (Milwaukee County Jail)

A Milwaukee man accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a drug raid claims he didn’t actually believe it was the police on the other side of his door.

Jordan Fricke, 26, allegedly fired four shots from his AK-47 through an opening in his door Wednesday as officers yelled “police” and “search warrant,” according to a criminal complaint acquired by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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One of those shots hit Matthew Rittner, a 35-year-old officer who had worked in the department for 17 years, in the upper chest, piercing both lungs and his aorta. He died shortly after at Froedtert Hospital.

Fricke, who was accused of illegal gun and drug sales, claims he heard the identifications but didn’t think it was actually police trying to get into his apartment.

All nine of the officers, part of the Tactical Enforcement Unit, were wearing black vests with “POLICE” emblazoned across the chest in white, according to the criminal complaint.

Police found at least eight guns in Fricke’s apartment, as well as a Taser and parts to make assault rifles, as well as $3,000 in cash, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Fricke has been charged with intentional homicide, recklessly endangering safety and maintaining a drug trafficking place. He faces life in prison if convicted.

He’s being held on a $1 million cash bail.

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