Wisconsin retiree charged in shooting of Amtrak conductor

NAPERVILLE Ill.- An Amtrak conductor shot on the job by a disgruntled passenger outside of Chicago has ties to Hampton Roads

NAPERVILLE Ill.- An Amtrak conductor shot on the job by a disgruntled passenger outside of Chicago has ties to Hampton Roads

Charges have been filed against a Wisconsin man for allegedly shooting an Amtrak conductor in Naperville on Tuesday, May 16th.

DuPage County prosecutors said Klein, a retired federal protective services officer who lives at a retirement home in West Allis, shot Case in the torso around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

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.

Edward Klein, 79, was charged with discharge of a firearm causing great bodily harm and attempted murder. Knowing Klein needed to get to Chicago to catch a train to Milwaukee, Case stopped him from getting off at the Naperville station, enraging Klein, prosecutors said. When he was not allowed to exit, he "pulled a revolver, stuck his arm out of the window of the train door and fired one shot, striking the victim in the abdomen", a statement from prosecutors said.

A prosecutor quoted Klein as telling investigators: "I had built up all this anger and I blew him away", the Chicago Tribune reported.

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

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

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.

Klein's next court appearance is scheduled for June 12th.

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