Milwaukee mail carrier shot, killed on the job after 18 years of service

Milwaukee police said the 44-year-old man, whose name hasn't been released, had been a mail carrier with USPS for 18 years

An investigation is underway in Milwaukee, Wis. after a veteran mail carrier was shot to death on the job Friday evening.

Milwaukee police said officers responded to reports of an injured person in the 5000 block of N. 65th Street around 5:59 p.m. 

Police said the victim died at the scene from a gunshot wound.

The victim was later identified as a 44-year-old man who was on duty for the United States Postal Service. His name has not been released, but police said he had worked for USPS for over 18 years.

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A Milwaukee police cruiser is seen waiting outside a crime scene.

A Milwaukee police cruiser is seen waiting outside a crime scene.

According to Fox 6 Milwaukee, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service also confirmed the victim was a letter carrier.

"That’s the most devastating part – like, we all get up every day to go to work to provide for our families," neighbor Jeff Brown said to the outlet. "Is it really that bad that we have to look over our shoulders to go provide for our families?"

The Mayor of Milwaukee Cavalier Johnson posted the following statement to his Facebook page hours after the shooting:

"The shooting death of a Milwaukee postal worker is alarming.  My thoughts are with the victim's family and colleagues. The postal worker in this homicide was a public servant, which makes this crime even more disturbing. Criminals responsible for death and harm in our city must be held accountable.  To accomplish that, anyone with information about this crime, or other serious crime in Milwaukee, should step forward."

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A satellite image shows the intersection where a postal worker was shot to death on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, according to Milwaukee police.

A satellite image shows the intersection where a postal worker was shot to death on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, according to Milwaukee police. (Milwaukee Police Department/Twitter)

Police said it's unclear what led up to the shooting, but the incident is under active investigation. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the FBI are assisting Milwaukee police on the case.

The USPIS released the following statement to Fox News Digital on Saturday:

"The safety and security of Postal employees is a top priority of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The Postal Inspection Service is leading this investigation with support from local law enforcement. If you have any information related to this matter, please contact Postal Inspectors immediately at 877-876-2455 or the Milwaukee Police Department."

The service added no further details will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.

As of late Friday night, there are no known suspects and no one is in custody.

"The Milwaukee Police Department sends our sincere condolences to the victim's family and to the USPS for the loss of their member," the department said in a news release.

U.S. postal service trucks sit parked at the post office. A postal worker was shot and killed Friday evening while delivering mail in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

U.S. postal service trucks sit parked at the post office. A postal worker was shot and killed Friday evening while delivering mail in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Reuters)

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Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call MPD at 414-935-7360. Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS or through the P3 tips app.