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Wife of Milwaukee officer discovers she’s pregnant days after husband’s death

The widow of fallen Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner has revealed she is pregnant.

Caroline Rittner found out she was pregnant shortly after her husband’s death, Milwaukee Police Lt. Kristin Felsman told WISN Tuesday.

A suspect fatally shot Officer Matthew Rittner Feb. 6 while he was on duty.

Caroline Rittner held a baby gender reveal party with her husband’s unit.

They released pink balloons from a box, signaling she’s having a girl.

“It was met with mixed emotions,” Felsman said. “Extremely joyful emotions because, (it’s) another legacy of Matt, and obviously very sad emotions because Matt would not be there to share in the joy of a new life.”

A post sharing photos of the gender reveal is circulating on Facebook.

The baby is due in October.

Rittner and his wife also have a son.


Chris Watkins

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