Indianapolis Mail Carrier Shot On The Job Over Stimulus Check

04 May, 2020 Liz Carey


Indianapolis, IN ( – An Indianapolis mail carrier is dead after a dispute over federal stimulus checks led to her being shot.

According to police, Angela Summers, 45, was shot in the chest on her route last week in Indianapolis. Police have charged Tony Cushingberry-Mays, 21, with her death.

On Friday, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced he had filed charges of second-degree murder, assaulting a federal employee and discharging a firearm during a crime.

According to Minkler, Cushingberry-Mays’ mail delivery had been suspended over an aggressive dog.

In the criminal complaint filed Wednesday, on Monday, April 27, around 4 p.m., Summers bypassed Cushingberry-Mays’ home because of the aggressive dog. Cushingberry-Mays was on a neighbor’s porch and demanded Summers give him the mail. Summers sprayed Cushingberry-Mays with mace, officials said. In response, Cushingberry-Mays shot Summers once in the chest.

Paul Toms, the president of the local branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said Summers had expressed concerns about certain people living at the house where she was ultimately shot. He said the union believes the altercation was ultimately about a resident in the house not receiving their stimulus check because mail deliveries had been suspended.

“Yes, there was a history on this for quite a while, as I understand it,” Toms said in a press conference. “I want something like this to never happen again. It should never happen.”

Cushingberry-Mays, if found guilty, could serve life in prison for the shooting.

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