Regional roundup: Slain letter carrier identified; two die in D.C. shootings

November 24, 2013
MARYLAND
Prince George’s police identify slain mailman

Prince George’s County police on Sunday identified the letter carrier who was shot and killed Saturday night as Tyson Jerome Barnette, 26, of Upper Marlboro, and postal officials are offering $100,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Barnette was delivering mail in a Landover neighborhood not far from the Cheverly Metro station when he was killed.

Police said officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 1600 block of Reed Street about 7:20 p.m. They found Barnette suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said detectives are working to identify a suspect or suspects and a motive in the case.

George T. Maffett Jr., a spokesman for the Postal Service, said Barnette had been a letter carrier for six years and had been on this particular Landover route three times in the last month.

Union officials expressed their sympathy Sunday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the letter carrier and his family during this very difficult time,’’ said Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers. “The nation’s letter carriers deliver the mail in every community throughout the country. This tragic incident highlights the need in all operational decisions about how and when mail is delivered to give priority consideration to the safety of these dedicated public servants.”

— Lori Aratani

THE DISTRICT
Two men are killedin weekend shootings

D.C. police report that two men died in separate shooting incidents over the weekend.

In the first, officers went to the 2500 block of 14th Street in Northeast about 6:29 p.m. Saturday because of a report of gunshots. A second call indicated a person had been shot.

When police arrived, they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were transported to the hospital.

One died. He was identified as Donald Isiah Jones, 32. Officials said he had no fixed address. The second man is listed in stable condition at a hospital.

In the second incident, police responded to a call of a man down near Galveston Place in Southeast about 3:08 a.m. Sunday morning. When they arrived, they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the scene. He has not been identified.

D.C. police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to arrests and convictions in connection with a homicide in the District. Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call (202) 727-9099. Information also may be submitted anonymously to the department’s text tip line by text messaging 50411.

— Lori Aratani

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