Slain Milwaukee Police Officer was Iraq veteran
by Michael Leischner
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Matthew Rittner is the 3rd Officer killed while on duty in less than 12 months.
MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) -- The Milwaukee Police Officer killed while executing a search warrant on Wednesday was also a combat Veteran.
Matthew Rittner, 35, served two tours in Iraq before joining the Milwaukee Police force as a tactical officer where he would serve for 17 years.
Rittner enlisted in the Marines shortly after graduating high school and reportedly survived multiple IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attacks and a four-hour firefight.
Rittner leaves behind a wife, whom he married in a ceremony at Miller Park, and a child. A suspect, 26-year-old Jordan Fricke, is in custody. Formal charges against him are pending.
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