Postal carrier shot dead as he delivers mail; suspect in custody, cops say

Authorities in Louisiana say a postal carrier was fatally shot while on the job in a Shreveport community this weekend.

According to UPI, police were able to identify a suspect after 52-year-old Antonio Williams was shot late Saturday morning.

Reports indicate 32-year-old Michael Gentry has been arrested and booked into Shreveport City Jail, where he remained behind bars with bond set at $250,000 as of the latest reports available.

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According to a statement by Caddo County spokesman John Prime, the United States Postal Service employee was transported from the scene to an area hospital, where he was pronounced a short time later.

Gentry is accused of shooting the victim multiple times in his upper body.

“At this point investigators do not believe there was any type of dispute between the men prior to the shooting,” the Shreveport Police Department revealed, as reported by the Shreveport Times.

The U.S. Postal Service reportedly coordinated with agents from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in arresting the suspect. As of the most recent updates available, the case remained open and under investigation.

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins offered a statement on Facebook Saturday evening:

Our hearts go out to the family of Antonio Williams, a United States Postal worker, who lost his life in a senseless act of violence today. Shreveport Police have made an arrest in this case. 32 year-old Michael Gentry is charged with one count of Second Degree Murder. The investigation is ongoing, but we ask that everyone keep the victim’s friends and family in their prayers.

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[Featured image: Michael Gentry, Shreveport Police Department]