Police release name of suspect fatally shot by MPD officer

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police on Monday, November 26th released the name of the 28-year-old Germantown man fatally shot by an MPD officer on Saturday afternoon, November 24th.

Police say 28-year-old Daniel Kleinmann of Germantown met up with another man, whom he knew, behind a building at 17th and Layton just before 4 p.m. to conduct a business transaction, as they had done in the past. This time, the man told police Kleinmann brought a gun and robbed him when he showed up for the transaction.

Kleinmann then fled in his vehicle and the robbery victim followed him, calling police on the phone and relaying the vehicle information to the dispatcher.

As Kleinmann was fleeing, he crashed the vehicle and ran from the scene.

39-year-old Milwaukee police officer Shawn Pecoraro, who was in a marked vehicle and in uniform, attempted to conduct a field interview of Kleinmann. During the encounter near 1st and Howard, officials say Officer Pecoraro had reason to believe his life was in danger and he discharged his weapon, striking Kleinmann. No weapon was ever found, though Chief Flynn said Monday citizen witnesses did report seeing Kleinmann with what looked to be a gun.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Kleinmann was a Huber inmate of the Washington County Jail.

Kleinmann was first booked into the Jail on November 8th on a hold and remained in jail on that status until November 16th when he began serving an eight month sentence for Identity Theft.  That sentence included the possibility of daily Huber release.

On November 19th, consistent with jail policy, Kleinmann was released under the Huber Law for a dentist appointment.  Kleinmann did not return to the jail by his scheduled time and an Attempt-to-Locate was entered.

On November 20th, a formal Request for Charge of Escape was completed and a Temporary Felony Warrant was entered for him.  It is believed Kleinmann did not attend the Dentist appointment and his whereabouts were unknown until his death -- according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

FOX6 News spoke with Kleinmann's father off-camera Monday, who said he is withholding judgement until the Milwaukee police finish their investigation. 

Also Monday, a Germantown police spokesman told FOX6 News Kleinmann was a suspect in several car theft cases in the greater Germantown area over the last two months. Kleinmann's father says Kleinmann was questioned, but never arrested.

Officer Pecoraro has 15 years of service at MPD. He is assigned to the Neighborhood Policing Bureau. Officer Pecoraro was placed on administrative duty — which is standard procedure.

The Milwaukee Police Department is reviewing the incident along with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office.

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