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INDIANAPOLIS — Federal charges have been filed against the Indianapolis man accused of shooting and killing a United States Postal Service letter carrier.

Tony Cushingberry-Mays, 21, is accused of shooting 45-year-old Angela Summers in the chest Monday afternoon outside of a house on Denny Street. He was arrested Tuesday.

Cushingberry-Mays faces the following charges:

  • Murder in the second degree
  • Assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees
  • Discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence

According to court papers, Cushingberry-Mays admitted to shooting Summers after she sprayed him with mace.

Cushingberry-Mays said his mail was being held because of issues with a dog. He said he asked Summers several times for his mail, but she did not reply.  That’s when she grabbed her mace and sprayed him, he said.

Cushingberry-Mays said he pulled his gun from his waistband, pointed his gun at Summers, and shot at her. After the shooting, he ran to his aunt’s house before hiding the gun in the garage at his mother’s house.

Summers was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, where she died.

Cushingberry-Mays is due in court Thursday afternoon.