African American USPS Postman Shot and Killed, Mistaken For “Prowler”

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

Bossip and other sites reported that the 2013 shooting may have 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.

Police hope a surveillance video below will help solve the murder. The black SUV in the video may be related to the murder.

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. Contact USPISDC at 877-876-2455