The police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of a postal worker in Indianapolis who was gunned down on Monday while she delivered mail, officials said Wednesday.
The postal worker, Angela Summers, 45, was shot just before 4 p.m. at 422 N Denny Street in east Indianapolis, according to the police.
Alondra Salazar, 19, told The Indianapolis Star that she was at home on Monday when she heard a loud noise followed by a knock on the door. When she opened it, she said, she found a wounded Ms. Summers on the porch, surrounded by blood, undelivered mail and a can of pepper spray. She comforted Ms. Summers, who she said was hyperventilating, while they waited for the paramedics, the newspaper reported. Ms. Summers was taken to a hospital, where she died, the police said.
While the police did not say what the apparent motive for the killing was, the National Association of Letter Carriers said in a Facebook post on Monday that Ms. Summers was shot by a customer who was upset because his mail was being held at the post office.
On Tuesday, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department arrested Tony Cushingberry, 21, for what it said was his “alleged involvement in the death of Angela Summers.”
Officials did not specify what they believe Mr. Cushingberry’s involvement was in the shooting or whether a $50,000 reward offered by the United States Postal Inspection Service helped lead to his arrest. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Indiana has yet to review the case and make a decision about criminal charges, the police said on Wednesday.
Efforts to reach both a spokesman for the office and Mr. Cushingberry on Wednesday night were unsuccessful. It was unclear whether Mr. Cushingberry had a lawyer.
The United States Postal Inspection Service, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are continuing to investigate the killing.
Ms. Summers joined the United States Postal Service less than two years ago and was dedicated to her customers and co-workers as a letter carrier and union representative, according to the letter carriers association.
Frederic Rolando, the association’s president, said the nation’s postal workers faced many dangers on the job, and even more now so that millions of Americans could shelter at home amid the pandemic.
“That is a risk we take for the greater good, but what happened to sister Summers is heartbreaking because it was so unnecessary and so senseless,” Mr. Rolando said in a statement.
Between 2013 and 2018, four postal workers were killed in workplace homicides, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Ethan Evans, a member of the City-County Council of Indianapolis and Marion County, mourned the loss of Ms. Summers in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
“We have to be there for our frontline workers, just like they are for us, by working to #StopGunViolence,” he said.