A postal worker was fatally shot Friday night in Milwaukee while delivering mail, police said.
The victim was a 44-year-old man who had been with the US Postal Service for 18 years. His name has not yet been released.
“The Milwaukee Police Department sends our sincere condolences to the victim’s family and to the USPS for the loss of their member,” the police department said in a statement.
The situation unfolded around 5:59 p.m. Friday when Milwaukee police responded to an injured person in the 5000 block of N. 65th Street. When they arrived, officers found the victim with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Milwaukee Fire Department.
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson said further Twitter Friday that “The shooting death of a Milwaukee postal worker is alarming. My thoughts go out to the victim’s family and co-workers. The postal worker in this killing was a public employee, which makes this crime even more disturbing.”
The circumstances leading to the shooting are under investigation by Milwaukee police, with assistance from the US Postal Inspection Service and the FBI.
“Initial information received from local law enforcement indicated that a USPS mail carrier was shot and killed while delivering mail,” the US Postal Inspection Service said in a statement. “The safety and security of postal workers is a top priority for the US Postal Inspection Service.”
Anyone with information should call Milwaukee police at (414) 935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS.