LONGMONT, Colorado (CBS4) – Longmont Police say a United States Postal Service postman was shot dead Wednesday in a neighborhood near Heatherhill Street and Renaissance Drive. The police responded to the crime scene in the southwestern part of the city around 12:30 p.m.
According to police, the USPS employee was shot dead in front of some mailboxes. According to the investigators, a male suspect was seen on the run. The suspect was reportedly most recently wearing dark clothing, a hoodie and a blue mask.
The officers searched for the suspect with a police dog but were unsuccessful.
Longmont Police Department deputy chief Jeff Satur said the suspect approached the employee and shot him multiple times. The employee died on the scene.
Police say they are searching the area and running neighborhood campaigns. Police issued a reverse 911 to residents and said they had not caught the suspect. According to Satur, police believe the suspect is no longer around.
The police presence was evacuated around 6 p.m.
David Rupert, communications manager for USPS in Colorado, says the shooting hit federal agencies deeply.
“You see us in your neighborhood. We watch your children grow up, ”said Rupert. “We will also become part of your family.”
Grief counselors now help other employees. Rupert says this is an isolated incident but has few other details about the situation.
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty urged the public to speak to the police if they know anything about the crime or if they know where the suspect is.
Five schools in the area have been placed in “safe status” due to police activities. Schools were not closed, however.
Schools included: Altona Middle School, Blue Mountain Elementary School, Eagle Crest Elementary School, Silver Creek High School, and Westview Middle School.
Safe status means that the students stayed in the school building and that external doors and windows were locked and secured. Class activities were not interrupted.
Safe status was lifted at 2:45 p.m.
“This is very unusual for our church,” said Satur.
Those who saw what happened, have a surveillance video, or know more about the crime are asked to call Longmont Police at 303-651-8501.