Reports indicated that Tony Cushingberry, 21, was the man arrested in connection with shooting death of postal worker Angela Summers. Summers was reportedly shot in the chest Monday while on her route.
Paul Toms, the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Indianapolis Local Branch 39, revealed to WXIN that the shooting stemmed from someone at the residence being upset that their stimulus check wasn’t being delivered to the residence. Toms explained that the household had their mail curtailed on April 12 or 13, meaning residents would have to retrieve their mail from the post office.
The mail was reportedly curtailed after Angela Summers left multiple notes asking the owners to keep their small dog tied up as she delivered mail.
A person of interest was taken into custody Wednesday in connection with Monday’s fatal shooting of a postal worker in Indiana.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to WRTV that they’ve arrested a man for Angela Summers’ death. Police have not yet released his identity.
A witness told WTHR that a man upset about not getting a government check delivered to his home confronted Summers, 45. Summers reportedly told him that she couldn’t deliver his mail until he contained his dogs.
The witness said an argument ensued — which escalated to the point that Summers used pepper spray on the man, who in turn shot Summers and ran away.
Summers reportedly gave residents a thumbs up and was talking as paramedics transported her to the hospital. However, the postal worker died from her injuries a short time later.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office said Summers was fatally shot in her chest. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Paul Toms, the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Indianapolis Local Branch 39, told WISH that Summers was fatally shot outside of a home where she complained about dogs running loose.
The union said mail had been blocked from the home for two weeks, meaning residents had to retrieve their mail from the post office.
“There was an issue with the dogs at that residence, and you give three letters and, on the third one, we curtail the mail,” Toms explained to WISH.
On Tuesday, the United States Postal Inspection Service announced they’re offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in Summers’ shooting death.
It’s not immediately known what charges the suspect’s facing in connection with Summers’ death.
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