Former West Allis law enforcement officer charged with shooting Amtrak conductor

Ebony Scott
May 20, 2017

Bond has been set at $1.5 million for the Wisconsin man accused of shooting an Amtrak conductor in IL earlier this week, according to DuPage County officials.

76 year-old Edward Klein of East Allis, Wisconsin, appeared in Bond Court in Wheaton on Friday morning where Judge Joseph Bugos set bond at $1.5 million.

Klein is charged with one count of attempt murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm.

Prosecutors say Klein told police he became angry when he couldn't disembark in Naperville, outside Chicago, and shot the conductor. He then boarded the Chicago-bound train. The train stopped at the downtown Naperville train station about 4:45 p.m. and some passengers got off. Klein allegedly pulled out a handgun and reached out of the window of the train and shot the conductor, who was on the platform.

After Klein fired, other passengers and train personnel restrained him until police arrived, prosecutors said. The conductor remains in intensive care.

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Amtrak staff had been concerned for his welfare prior to the Naperville stop and helped arrange for someone to pick him up in Chicago and take him to Milwaukee, the state's attorney spokesman said.

Conductor Case underwent surgery for his injuries.

All guns must be declared in advance, and placed in checked baggage, according to Amtrak's policy.

Klein's status as a former federal law enforcement agent would not have exempted him from that policy, the spokesman said. "I would like to thank authorities with Amtrak as well as the Naperville Police Department for their quick response to this situation".

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