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 worked for the US Postal Service for 18 years. His name has not yet been released.
“The Milwaukee Police Department sends its sincere condolences to the victim’s family and to the USPS on 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. Upon arrival, officers found the victim with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Milwaukee firefighters.
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson said the Twitter Friday that “The shooting death of a Milwaukee postal worker is alarming. My thoughts are with the family and co-workers of the victim. The postal worker involved in this homicide was a public servant, which makes this crime even more disturbing.”
The circumstances leading up to the shooting are being investigated 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 fatally shot while delivering mail,” the United States Postal Inspection Service said in a statement. . “The safety and security of postal employees is a top priority of the United States Postal Inspection Service.”
Anyone with information should call Milwaukee Police at (414) 935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS.