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Indianapolis man admits to killing postal worker after he was upset he wasn’t receiving his mail

Indianapolis man, 23, pleads guilty to murdering female USPS worker, 45, by shooting her in the chest because she stopped delivering 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 in the death
  •  Angela Summers, 45, a mother of a young son, was killed by single shot to chest 
  • Two weeks before the fatal shooting, Summers reported ‘several issues,’ with the suspects vicious dog and mail delivery was halted
  • The suspect told the authorities, in part, that ‘he didn’t mean to kill her’ 

 Tony Cushingberry-Mays was charged with second-degree murder, assaulting a federal employee, and discharging a firearm in the death of Angela Summers, 45

A 23-year-old Indiana man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a female postal walker with a single gunshot to the chest 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 in the death of Angela Summers, 45.

Summers, a mother of a young son, and beloved postal worker at the USPS Linwood Indianapolis Post Office, died at 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 tragedy, Cushingberry-Mays mail delivery was halted due to numerous complaints Summers had reported regarding  ‘several issues,’ she had with the suspects dog. 

After three warning letters were sent to the suspect’s home informing him to contain the dogs and went ignored, the post office put a suspension in place.

Victim Angela Summers, 45, a mother of a young son, and beloved postal worker at the USPS Linwood Indianapolis Post Office, died at hospital

Victim Angela Summers, 45, a mother of a young son, and beloved postal worker at the USPS Linwood Indianapolis Post Office, died at hospital

Victim Angela Summers, 45, a mother of a young son, and beloved postal worker at the USPS Linwood Indianapolis Post Office, died at hospital

Two weeks before the tragedy took place, Cushingberry-Mays mail delivery was halted due to numerous complaints Summers reported about 'several issues,' with the dog

Two weeks before the tragedy took place, Cushingberry-Mays mail delivery was halted due to numerous complaints Summers reported about ‘several issues,’ with the dog

The scene where Summers was fatally shot in the East Indianapolis neighborhood

The scene where Summers was fatally shot in the East Indianapolis neighborhood

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 it 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. 

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 that ‘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 pictured with her young son in an undated photo

 Summers pictured with her young son in an undated photo 

Summers pictured in a 2018 photo enjoying herself at an outdoor park

Summers pictured in a 2018 photo enjoying herself at an outdoor park 

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 describing his peers as ‘family,’ and calling Summers murder as the ‘worst week of his career,’ Oxygen reported. 

 ‘We call ourselves brothers and sisters, it’s a senseless tragedy,’  Toms said. 

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