MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a $25,000 reward after one of their employees was fired upon Wednesday evening.
The employee was at the U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail Annex on Jet Cove around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when he interrupted two individuals who were trying to break into his personal vehicle. During the encounter, the male suspect allegedly pulled out a gun and fired shots at the employee multiple times.
There was also a woman who assisted in the burglary. Both suspects fled the scene in a dark-colored Nissan sedan.
People in the area were shocked to learn of the crime and how brazen the criminals were.
"For them to do it that bold, you've got to want money bad," one person said.
Exclusive video given to WREG shows a blue car pull up to the scene and the man get out of the car. Then the situation turned violent.
The worker returned to the car and caught the burglars in the act. The alleged burglar was panicked and jumped back in his car, but the worker drove up and boxed him in.
That was a nearly fatal move, as the burglar who was backed into a corner started firing shots at the worker. He continued to fire shots even after the victim backed away and drove off.
Thankfully, the worker wasn't hit.
If you can help, call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 or Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH. Because this is a crime against a federal employee, information that leads to an arrest can net up to $25,000 in rewards.