Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: $10K reward offered in fatal shooting of Jason Cleereman

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- There is a $10,000 reward for the arrest and capture of Theodore Edgecomb, the suspect wanted for an east side murder, according to Milwaukee police.

Jason Cleereman was shot and killed Sept. 22, following an altercation with Edgecomb on a bike near Holton and Brady.

Edgecomb has been charged with the following: 

  • First degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Bail jumping (felony)
  • Bail jumping (misdemeanor)

According to a criminal complaint, Cleereman's wife was driving the two of them when she had to swerve to miss a biker, which in response Cleereman said "what the heck!"

Cleereman's wife told police when they stopped at the light near Humboldt and Brady, the bicyclist, now identified as Edgecomb, pulled alongside the car to ask Cleereman, "are you talking to me" Cleereman's wife said "yes," and the suspect then punched Cleereman in the face, causing him to bleed.

After following Edgecomb on his bike, Cleereman's wife said she watched her husband approach Edgecomb, and saw him shoot her husband. Cleereman's wife told police she saw Edgecomb look at her "as though he was contemplating shooting her."

Investigators recovered security video from area and released photos to the media; a family member of Edgecomb, as well as his landlord, identified him as the suspect.

Police also found a bicycle in Edgecomb's home consistent with the bike depicted in the surveillance footage. Authorities also located loaded and unloaded 9 mm handgun magazines.

Edgecomb remains on the run and a search warrant is out for his arrest.

In December 2019 and March 2020, Edgecomb was charged with a handful of misdemeanors including carrying a concealed weapon. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS. 

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