African American Postman Shot and Killed, Apparently Mistaken For ‘Prowler’



In breaking news, Landover police say 26-year-old Tyson Jerome Barnette, a postal worker, was shot while delivering mail 10 miles from the U.S. capital.

Black America Web, Bossip and other sites are reporting that the shooting was motivated by a fear that the African American postman was a “prowler.”

The U.S. Postal Service spokesman Frank Schissler says that any other motive is unknown, as shootings of postal workers are extremely rare.

The last time such a shooting happened was in 2010 in Houston, Texas.

This seems to be what has led so many to conclude the shooting was borne out of racial fear and not simply someone deciding to shoot one, single, random person who happened to be an African American postman delivering mail.

Until the shooter is caught, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a $100,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in this crime.

(Article by Shante Wooten)

One Comment

  1. African American Postman Shot and Killed, Apparently Mistaken For ‘Prowler’
    This happened over 3 years ago and nothing in the article indicates he was mistaken for a prowler. Other possibilities include: gang initiation killing, perhaps they were looking for him or the carrier he was filling in for? Somebody who mistook him for a prowler would have come forward or been known. The update shows surveillance video in which an SUV is speeding away. Seems more indicative of gang activity or targeting.

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