MILWAUKEE (WMTV) -- Officer Matthew Rittner of the Milwaukee Police Department was shot and killed on the city’s south side on Wednesday morning. Milwaukee Police Chief, Alfonso Morales, shared the update late Wednesday night.
Officials say around 9:15 a.m., the Milwaukee Police Department’s Tactical Enforcement Unit was in the neighborhood to serve a search warrant. The person was wanted for illegal sales of firearms and drugs, according to Chief Morales. At 9:20 a.m., officers made contact with two subjects — and shots were fired. Officer Rittner was struck — he later died from his injuries.
Officer Rittner was 35 years old — and a 17-year veteran of the department. He was also a 10 member of the tactical enforcement unit and veteran of the United States Marine Corps with three tours in the Middle East, said Chief Morales.
“This is a very, very, very difficult time for our city, for the Milwaukee Police Department. Obviously for the family that has been affected,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “I am filled with sorrow with this needless loss. At the same time, I am filled with anger over the individual who did this to a police officer," said Mayor Tom Barrett.
MILWAUKEE (AP, WTMJ) --Milwaukee officials say a 17-year police veteran was fatally shot while trying to serve a warrant, becoming the city's third officer killed in the line of duty in eight months.
Assistant Milwaukee Police Chief Michael Brunson said at a news conference after the shooting Wednesday that the officer was 35 years old. His name has not been released.
He says the officer who died was "well beloved by everyone in the department."
Brunson says the officer was part of a Tactical Enforcement Unit serving the warrant on the city's south side when the officers made contact with two subjects "and shots were fired." One officer was struck and died of his injuries.
Brunson hasn't released details of the warrant being served.
Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters that the officer "was doing his job" and "working to make our city safe" when he was killed.
MILWAUKEE (WTMJ) --A Milwaukee officer has passed away after sustaining a gunshot wound near 12th and Dakota on Milwaukee's south side, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office and Alderman Bob Donovan tell TODAY'S TMJ4.
"MCMEO has been notified of the death of a Milwaukee police officer. Subject was pronounced dead at Froedtert Hospital and an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow," an email from the Medical Examiner's Office reads.
Ald. Tony Zielinski says the officer was shot while serving a search warrant.
A source tells TODAY'S TMJ4 that the officer is a member of Milwaukee Police Department's tactical unit and is in his late 20s or early 30s.
A suspect is in custody.
MILWAUKEE (WTMJ) -- A suspect is in custody after a Milwaukee Police officer was shot Wednesday morning.
A police source told our Milwaukee affiliate, TODAY'S TMJ4, that the officer was shot and injured near 12th and Dakota on Milwaukee's south side.
Neighbors confirm a heavy police presence in response to shots fired in the area.
Zablocki Elementary School is on lockdown due to the heavy police presence.
Froedtert Hospital has confirmed an officer has been brought in for a gunshot wound.