An Indianapolis man has been charged with murdering a postal worker who was shot dead during her round, authorities said Wednesday.
Tony Cushingberry, 21, is said to have faced 45-year-old Angela Summers on Monday afternoon when she failed to deliver his post due to his aggressive dog.
Cushingberry told authorities “that the courier did not deliver the mail because she had a problem with the dog in his house,” The Indy Star reports.
Summers had posted on her Facebook page two days before she was shot dead about her issues delivering a COVID-19 stimulus check to a house with a chihuahua in her round, according to Fox59.
In the photo, Tony Cushingberry has been charged with murdering Angela Summers
Angela Summers, the mother of a 14-year-old girl, spray-blasted her alleged attacker before she was shot dead Monday afternoon, police say.
She had posted to her Facebook page two days before she was shot dead about her issues giving a stimulus check, according to local reports
Cushingberry said he repeatedly asked for his post while standing six feet from Summers on his neighbor’s porch.
After being approached, Summers, the mother of a 14-year-old girl, sprayed her alleged attacker with mace.
He then pulled his gun and she was shot, it is stated.
Cushingberry is said to have acknowledged that the mace was not fatal, but led to discomfort from his asthma. He said he “had no intention of killing the postman, but wanted to scare her,” court documents state.
The 21-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder, assaulting a federal worker and firing a firearm during a crime.
Summers was taped around 4 p.m. Monday while delivering mail to the east side of the city
Angela started her career at the Post Office less than two years ago
Post Inspector Joseph J. De St Jean wrote, “He said the letterbox turned around, grabbed her clubwort, and sprayed (him). Cushingberry-Mays then pulled his gun from the right side of his waistband … and fired one shot. ‘
Paul Toms, president of NALC Branch 39 told Fox59: “The post was curtailed from what I was told very recently. The curtailment of the letter was sent to them on April 12 or 13.
“Yes, there was a long history about it, as I understand it. Dog letters had been sent. That is a form for the patron when a dog is bothersome, dangerous or mean.
“Three dog letters, one to warn them, the second a second warning, and then a curtailment of the mail. That’s where they went. ‘
Incentive checks have been emailed to people who do not have information registered with the IRS to allow direct deposits. The payments are part of the $ 2.2 trillion bailout package that was enacted in law late last month to combat the economic free fall caused by shutdowns in the coronavirus pandemic.
Tony Cushingberry, 21, is said to have faced Angela Summers, 45, Monday afternoon when she failed to deliver his post due to his aggressive dog
Cushingberry has been charged with first-degree murder, assaulting a federal worker and firing a firearm during a crime.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service had previously offered a reward of up to $ 50,000 for information that led to the murderer’s arrest and conviction.
Police officers from Indianapolis, along with the U.S. Post Inspection Service and FBI agents, arrested Cushingberry on Tuesday for his alleged involvement in Summers’ death.
Summers was admitted around 4:00 PM Monday while delivering mail to the east side of the city, police said. She died in a hospital.
In a statement, President Fredric Rolando’s National Association, which carries letters, said, “On behalf of the NALC, we are mourning the loss of Sister Summers. Angela started her career at the Post Office less than two years ago. She had her before her all her life.
“She was committed to her customers as a postman and to her colleagues as a union representative. She served both of them well.
“The senseless nature of her death breaks our hearts. We send our thoughts and prayers to Angela’s daughter, the rest of her family, friends, colleagues and loved ones. ‘