Two days before Christmas, a mail carrier from Columbus, Ohio, who was facing dismissal from his job allegedly murdered a supervisor and United States Postal Service investigator who were involved in the disciplinary action against him.
According to ABC News, DeShaune Stewart, 24, has been charged with aggravated murder and murder for the two deaths, and it is unclear if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
Stewart allegedly shot his supervisor, 52-year-old Lance Dempsey, to death at the post office he worked at.
Witnesses said that when Dempsey saw Stewart approaching him, naked and carrying a gun, Dempsey asked, "What the hell?"
Stewart then killed a postal inspector, 53-year-old Ginger Ballard, outside of her home. Stewart was reportedly naked during both killings.
During the latter killing, police were called after someone witnessed Stewart allegedly chasing Ballard with a gun. Her body was later found on the ground in between two cars. ABC News reported that she died of blunt force trauma. Police believe that Stewart aggressively pushed her to the ground, killing her.
Stewart was apparently facing disciplinary action, and possible dismissal, for workplace violations, The Washington Post reported. Columbus homicide Sgt. David Sicilian has referred to the workplace violence as a retaliation, according to Fox News. He said that Stewart had attacked two of the individuals that were embroiled in his pending dismissal from the post office.
"One was his supervisor, the other was an investigator who was investigating him for some type of misconduct," Sicilian told WCMH Columbus. "There had been some type of investigation into his misconduct and it had culminated and to possibly him being terminated and this was apparently his response was very violent.”
The US Postal Inspection Service told the News-Herald that it couldn’t release any details about the killings.
[Photo: Columbus Ohio Police Department]