December 8th, 2010 01:00 AM
BAD:Police continue search for mailman's murderer
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- One day after someone shot a postal worker to death as he worked his route, police continue their hunt for the person who pulled the trigger.
Police returned to the scene of the shooting Tuesday, going door-to-door armed with flyers in the hopes that someone might have seen something that could lead detectives to the person who shot 60-year-old Bruce Parton. They handed out and posted the flyers with the victim's picture and a picture of his postal truck.
Those who knew Parton wondered why anyone would shoot the 29-year veteran of the US Postal Service. Lance Campbell said he would never forget the letter carrier's signature phrase announcing his arrival. "Just that expression: 'Mailman!' As long as I live, I'll never forget his voice."
Meanwhile, at the Miami Gardens post office where the victim worked, the US flag flew at half staff. "I still can't believe it," said Connie Davis, the victim's ex-wife.
According to police, Parton was sitting in his mail truck when someone walked up to him and opened fire. He was just outside the Monte Carlo apartment complex, near Second Avenue and Northwest 165 Street, just before 3 p.m., Monday, when the gunman approached him and shot him several times in his side. Rescue crews airlifted Parton to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he later died.
According to police, the gunman took off in Parton's postal truck after the shooting. However, the subject abandoned the vehicle a few blocks away from the scene of the shooting before fleeing.
Davis met Parton at the post office when he worked as a temporary mail carrier. "I was a regular on the route, and he was my floater," said Davis.
The two would later marry for 10 years. Even though they would divorce, Davis said she has fond memories of the times they had together, and she shared many photos of those happy times. She called his death senseless. "There's no reason for anybody to go and shoot him," she said.
Police have not released a motive for the shooting, but as a former letter carrier, Davis has her theories. "People want to get charge cards, checks, anything they can," she said.
The new carrier for Parton's route has additional security following closely. "The person delivering that route is the best protected person in America right now," noted Enrique Gutierrez, the US Postal inspector in charge of the investigation.
Police said they have some strong leads but are still seeking the public's help in finding Parton's killer.
Police have described the suspected shooter as a black male who was dressed all in black except for a red jacket. They believe he is somewhere between the age of 25 and 30, stands about six feet tall and has long dread locks.
If you have any information on this shooting, call the US Postal Inspection Service at 1-888-876-5322. You may be eligible for a reward of $25,000 for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
Parton had remarried and leaves behind his wife and two grown children. His family has asked for privacy.
December 8th, 2010 01:23 AM
The only cure for these animal 'thugs' is a bullet in the skull...fight crime, shoot back...as often as necessary.OMO
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December 8th, 2010 08:45 AM
too bad postal workers can't carry
December 8th, 2010 09:13 AM
You just never know, do you?
Sounds like such a random-out of the blue--attack...almost impossible to defend against whether or not you're alert/armed/trained or not.
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December 8th, 2010 09:56 AM
Right, I know how the mail man pulls up, and sits there sorting mail before he/she gets out to deliver. During this time, his/her situational awareness is well.... non existent.
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December 8th, 2010 10:39 AM
Carriers are also used to people coming up to them to hand them mail. Hope other crooks don't realize what an easy target letter carriers are, sitting in their mail truck loaded with valuable stuff, credit cards, packages, registered mail, etc. Unarmed sitting ducks...
December 8th, 2010 12:42 PM
Sad isn't it. I usually don't watch the local news much but seems one would be a fool not to carry in these times. There should be a extra penalty on the federal level for committing crimes against mail carriers.
December 8th, 2010 02:01 PM
I don't. Their lives are no more or less sacred than all of ours. The life of every good person is precious.
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