MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man on trial for the fatal shooting of a Milwaukee police officer testified that he thought he heard gunshots before he fired an assault-style weapon.
Jordan Fricke testified Friday. He’s charged in the fatal shooting of Officer Matthew Rittner, who was using a battering ram while serving a search warrant at Fricke’s home.
Fricke testified he fired in self-defense. He and his attorney have said he dropped his weapon when he learned officers were at his door.
Prosecutors have said Fricke had to know it was police because they loudly announced their presence.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that 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.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com