HERNANDO, Miss. — A postal worker is behind bars after police say she used a screwdriver to stab the postmaster at the Hernando post office Tuesday morning.
Police said Tamekia Lashea Scott stabbed the victim multiple times around 9 a.m. at the post office on Commerce Street. By 6 p.m., the victim had been released from the hospital.
Investigators haven’t said what may have sparked the attack, but said that afterwards, Scott walked to her car in the back parking lot and tried driving away. Her fellow employees reportedly blocked her in until police could arrive.
Frequent post office customer Brayden Jenkins said he watched this morning as police arrived followed by an ambulance, but only later learned what had happened.
“This doesn’t add up at all, and usually, like, you don’t hear any arguments or anything going back there. I mean, when I go in there every day,” said Jenkins.
By Tuesday afternoon, it appeared to be business as usual at the post office, with many customers unaware of what had happened.
“I didn’t even know there was a stabbing actually. It’s just kind of wild. I didn’t know that that happened,” said Justin Merjudio.
When WREG knocked at Scott’s listed address, a woman answered and told our crew, “Get the [expletive] from our door.”
Scott is being held on a $100,000 bond and is charged with aggravated assault to manifest extreme indifference to life.
WREG has learned federal prosecutors will be handling the case since assaulting a postal worker is a federal offense.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service said it is offering a $50,000 reward for any information that leads to a conviction. You can reach them at 1-877-876-2455.