A 23-year-old Indiana man has pleaded guilty to shooting a female postal walker dead after she stopped delivering mail to his house due to his vicious dog.
Tony Cushingberry-Mays was charged with second-degree murder, assaulting a federal employee and discharging a firearm after 45-year-old Angela Summers’ was killed by a single shot to the chest.
Summers, who leaves behind a young son and was a beloved worker at USPS Linwood Indianapolis Post Office, died in hospital.
According to federal law, killing an off-duty federal employee can be punishable by death or a life sentence, the Daily Beast reported.
Two weeks before the April 2020 tragedy, Cushingberry-Mays mail delivery was halted due to numerous complaints Summers had reported regarding ‘several issues,’ she had with the suspect’s dog.
After three warning letters were sent to his home telling him to contain the beast went ignored, the post office put a suspension in place.
Fourteen days before the April 27, 2020 shooting, the final letter told the suspect the only way he would be able to retrieve his letters was to pick them up at the post office.
On of the day of the shooting, Summers bypassed Cushingberry-Mays’ home and walked to a neighbor’s house as she proceeded to hand-deliver mail to the other homes on the block.
When the suspect saw Summers pass his house, he reportedly became hostile and and aggressive towards her.
While on a neighbor’s porch, Summers reportedly took out some type of self-defense repellant, and sprayed Cushingberry-Mays as he approached her.
Moments later the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot Summers point blank in the chest, which killed her with one shot.
According to some reports, Cushingberry-Mays had been waiting for his COVID-19 stimulus check.
After opening fire, the assailant fled the scene first going to his aunts house before hiding the gun at his mother’s home.
Cushingberry-Mays told the authorities ‘he didn’t mean to kill her but wanted to scare her,’ according to court documents.
Immediately after the shooting, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service launched an investigation.
A $50,000 reward had been offered for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
Summers death prompted concern among mail carriers across the county.
Paul Toms, president of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 39, was devastated by his colleagues murder.
He described his peers as ‘family,’ and called Summers’ murder as the ‘worst week of his career,’ Oxygen reported.
‘We call ourselves brothers and sisters, it’s a senseless tragedy,’ Toms said.