MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A robbery suspect shot and killed by Milwaukee Police was a jail escapee from Washington County, who fled after being released for a dentist appointment.
Authorities said 28-year-old Daniel Kleinmann of Germantown was supposed to be serving time for identity theft when he robbed a man Saturday afternoon on Milwaukee’s south side.
Witnesses told officer Shawn Pecoraro where to find Kleinmann. Police Chief Ed Flynn said the suspect’s actions led the officer to believe that his life was in danger – and that’s when he shot and killed the alleged robber.
Flynn would not say why the officer felt threatened. The matter is under investigation.
The 39-year-old Pecoraro, a 15-year Milwaukee Police veteran, is on administrative duty for now. Officials said Kleinmann knew the robbery victim – and he was expected to sell auto parts to the victim when he held him up.
The victim told police that Kleinmann had a gun, but officers said they did not find a weapon on or near him.
Washington County authorities said Kleinmann started serving an eight-month jail sentence on November 16th with work release privileges. He was allowed to go to the dentist on November 19th but never returned.
A felony warrant had been issued for his arrest.
Kleinmann is the 15th person killed by Milwaukee Police since 2007, and the 34th in the last decade.