Wisconsin man charged with shooting of Amtrak conductor

Faith Castro
May 20, 2017

The release states that Edward Klein attempted to exit the train through the window, but he was detained by train personnel and Amtrak passengers.

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. A DuPage County judge set Klein's bail at $1.5 million on Friday.

Edward Klein, 79, of East Allis, Wisconsin, appeared in a DuPage County bond court hearing Friday on attempted murder and aggravated battery charges, the DuPage County state's attorney's office said in a statement.

Klein is a retired federal protective services officer. He resides in a suburban Milwaukee independent-living facility, prosecutors told the court.

Investigators say the suburban Milwaukee man got off a westbound train in Missouri Tuesday after aborting plans to go to Las Vegas.

The conductor, reportedly a 45-year-old Homewood man, was shot in the torso and was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville, where he was conscious and alert. He then boarded a Chicago-bound train.

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Asked why he shot Case, Klein told investigators, "The anger built up and I just blew him away", prosecutors said.

Klein tried to escape through the train window after shooting Case, but other passengers held him down until police arrived, according to prosecutors.

Klein was taken into custody and a handgun was recovered, police said.

The conductor, 45, was seriously injured.

Klein said Friday he didn't need a public defender and it wasn't clear if he's since acquired an attorney.

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