Police: Pedestrian struck, killed on I-41 at North Avenue believed to be connected to retail theft

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Wauwatosa police say a fatal crash on I-41 near North Avenue may be connected to a retail theft that occurred Thursday, March 11.

Police responded to a theft at Best Buy on N. Mayfair Road around 6:41 p.m. 

Employees provided officers with a description of the suspect vehicle, and police stopped the vehicle in a neighborhood near the Wauwatosa Police Department. 

As officers approached the car, a male ran from it. Two other occupants cooperated and were arrested at the scene. 

As officers began to look for the man who ran, they were notified by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office of a pedestrian that was struck by a car on I-41 in the area where the man was last seen running. 

MCSO has reported this as a fatality.

Police say positive identification of the man who was struck is still pending, but it is believed that the incidents are related. 

An investigation is ongoing. 

Authorities ask drivers to avoid the area as the scene is still active.

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