Man Murders Postal Carrier After He Didn't Get His Government Check
Indianapolis, IN – Police have arrested a 21-year-old man who allegedly murdered his mail carrier on Monday because he was upset about not having received his government check.
The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. on April 27 when postal carrier Angela Summers was delivering mail in the 400-block of North Denny Avenue, WRTV reported.
A neighbor who witnessed the altercation told WTHR that the suspect – later identified as 21-year-old Tony Cushingberry – approached the 45-year-old Summers about his mail delivery, and the postal carrier told him that she couldn’t deliver his mail to his house until he put his dogs away.
The witness said Cushingberry was upset because he hadn’t received his government check and became very angry with Summers.
So the mail carrier deployed pepper spray at him.
The neighbor said that was when Cushingberry pulled out a gun and shot the mail carrier, WTHR reported.
Cushingberry fled the scene.
An ambulance responded to the shooting and Summers was transported to the hospital where she later died, WTHR reported.
The neighbor who saw Summers get shot said that as the popular mail carrier was being loaded into the ambulance, she heard somebody call out her name and offered a thumbs up to the crowd gathered nearby.
The witness said neighbors thought that meant Summers was going to survive, but they soon found out the sad news, WTHR reported.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office ruled the mail carrier’s death a homicide, CNN reported.
The U.S. Postal Service announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever shot Summers on Tuesday afternoon, WRTV reported.
The killing of an on-duty federal employee can be punishable by life in prison or a death sentence, according to CNN.
Cushingberry was arrested just hours later by Indianapolis police, U.S. postal inspectors, and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to WRTV.
The U.S. Postal Service released a statement of condolence on Wednesday.
"We are saddened to learn of such a tragic death of one of our own employees and coworkers,” the statement read. “Angela Summers was a City Carrier Assistant at the Indianapolis Post Office, Linwood Station, having started with the Postal Service on 06/23/2018. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends, including the many people she worked with at the Postal Service. Employee assistance services are being offered to the family and co-workers.”
Charges against Cushingberry were pending at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana, WRTV reported.
Home along Summers' mail route have hung black ribbons on their mailboxes to honor their slain mail carrier, WTHR reported.