MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hundreds of people filled an elementary school auditorium to honor a 35-year-old Milwaukee police officer who was killed earlier this week while serving a search warrant.
The Friday night vigil for Officer Matthew Rittner included police officers, neighbors, friends, family and city leaders, including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Barrett talked about watching SWAT team members walking in the hospital one by one on Wednesday to pay their respects to Rittner.
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said it was “extremely powerful” for officers to see so many residents supporting the department.
Pam Ho, a nurse with children Rittner’s age, said she was shocked and saddened by the killing.
Rittner was shot while serving a search warrant on Jordan P. Fricke, who was wanted for the illegal sale of firearms and drugs.