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Norton Wants To Know If Nighttime Mail Deliveries Pose Threat To Letter Carriers

Police in Prince George's County and the U.S. Postal Service are still looking for leads in the case of a postal worker who was shot and killed while delivering mail in Landover on Saturday. Now D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is asking the Postmaster General for information about conditions that might put other postal workers at risk.

Tyson Jerome Barnette, 26, was found suffering from a fatal gunshot wound Saturday at around 7:20 p.m., and that timing is prompting Norton to ask about the risks of delivering mail after dark.

"Postal workers and postal trucks carry valuable mail, and that ought to be enough right there for us to investigate and make sure that there is not a causal relationship between the nature of their job and an attack at night," she says.

Norton is the member of the House subcommittee that oversees the postal service, she says she's seen an increase in after-dark delivery in her own neighborhood.

She sent a letter to the Postmaster General asking whether how often mail is delivered after dark and whether there are ways to reduce the frequency of those deliveries.

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