One might not normally think of a mailman’s job as particularly dangerous. Unfortunately for a Dallas postman, it proved to be fatal. On Monday, a United States Postal Service worker, Tony Mosby, 58, was going about his daily route in Dallas, Texas when he was apparently shot in the head in his mail truck. His body was found shortly after in the truck which was parked “along a busy highway” around 2:30 A.M.
Nearby residents heard the gunshot which helped police find the federal employee in a timely manner. The van was reportedly found on Interstate 30, known as the Fort Worth Turnpike Freeway, “just west of downtown.” Authorities believe the homicide occurred between 2-2:10 A.M.
Just north of the freeway, Mosby was found on, is the Dallas Main Post Office, and to the south is the USPS National Distribution Center.
Dallas reporter Saul Garza referred to the scene of the crime, describing a “bullet-riddled USPS mail truck,” however it was not released how many shots were fired and how many of those hit Mosby.
While investigating the scene, police closed the I-30 eastbound freeway down to one lane.
Amanda McMurrey, a U.S. Postal inspector reported that the deceased employee was working between two “mail sorting and processing complexes nearby.” Still awaiting further details, McMurrey was unable to report if the mailman’s location at the time of the shooting was consistent with his route.
However, she noted that it would not be out of the norm to slightly deviate from his route, sometimes being required to go to other post office locations. She also mentioned that it is normal for postal workers to work unusually early hours, explaining why Mosby was out so early in the morning.
Determining a motive will prove to be extremely helpful in solving this case, as the murderer surely knew that committing crimes against a postal worker would yield a stricter punishment than an average civilian. Being that he was a government employee, Mosby’s murder will be handled by federal prosecutors.
Working alongside the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Dallas Police Department has released that it is willing to pay a $50,000 reward for any useful information leading to the suspect.
Tips can be provided to Detective Walton at (214) 671-3632.
While the murder is likely to make other Dallas mail carriers fear for their safety, law enforcement officers have reason to be on high alert as well, considering another tragedy that occurred earlier in the month.
Officer David Sherrard of the Richardson Police Department was shot and killed after responding to a call at an apartment complex on the evening of February 7, however, it was not the same person who killed Mosby, as Sherrard’s killer was caught.
Twenty-six-year-old Brandon De McCall had an extensive history with law enforcement, as it appears that he took his anger out on the veteran officer. He will be charged with capital murder.
Police Chief Jimmy Spivey reported that Sherrard was the “the first Richardson officer to die in the line of duty” and Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the tragedy “a loss to all law enforcement and everyone in our great state.”
Unfortunately, the violence did not stop there, as just later that night, during the early morning on February 8, also around 2 A.M, a shooter fired at a squad car that was parked only a mile away from where Mosby’s truck was parked. Thankfully, no officers were harmed. That shooter has yet to be caught and police are asking for information in this case as well.
Authorities incident that Mosby’s homicide, the squad car shooting, and Officer Sherrard’s deaths are apparently not linked, though the similarities are difficult to ignore. Consistencies could possibly indicate gang activity with a vendetta against federal employees.
Mosby’s co-workers at the post officers report that work will not be the same with him gone. Felicia Wright, who has been acquainted with the deceased for over ten years, reports that he was a “quiet, nice, person” and was “easy talk to.” She explained believing that Mosby could not have been “doing anything wrong” at the time of his death.
The three incidents are inexcusable and understandably concerning for Dallas residents. One or more dangerous criminals are still at large in the community and have already demonstrated that they are willing to commit cold-blooded murders.
While it is devastating to inflict such horrors on anybody, it is especially troubling to see it done to government officials risking their safety to perform community services.