Wisconsin Retiree Charged in Shooting of Amtrak Conductor

May 19, 2017

Prosecutors say a retired federal law enforcement agent told investigators he shot an Amtrak train conductor because he wasn't allowed to de-board in suburban Chicago.  Edward Klein appeared in bond court on attempted murder and aggravated battery charges. DuPage County prosecutors say the 79-year-old was ordered held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

Investigators say the suburban Milwaukee man got off a westbound train in Missouri Tuesday after aborting plans to go to Las Vegas. He then boarded a Chicago-bound train.  Prosecutors say Klein told police he became angry when he couldn't disembark in Naperville, outside Chicago, and shot the conductor. The conductor remains in intensive care.

Klein is a retired federal protective services officer. Such officers are responsible for protecting federal buildings.