USPS identifies victims in murder-suicide at Orange Mound post office

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — We are learning more about the deadly shooting Tuesday at the United States Postal Service Annex on Park Avenue where a USPS worker killed two employees before turning the gun on himself.

The United States Postal Inspection Service identified the victims as James Wilson Jr. and Demetria Dortch.

Johntra Haley was identified as the suspected shooter.

According to a release from the United States Postal Inspection Service, Memphis Police Department received a 911 call reporting a shooting at the East Lamar Carrier Annex located at 2801 Park Avenue Tuesday.

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The U.S. Postal Inspection Service responded to the scene with the Memphis Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Station Manager James Wilson Jr., 47 years old, and Supervisor Customer Services Demetria Dortch, 37 years old, were both found shot inside the facility.

Officers also located the suspected shooter who was later identified as USPS City Carrier Assistant Johntra Haley, 28 years old, had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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All three employees were pronounced dead at the scene.

Witness interviews and evidence at the scene indicate Haley shot Wilson and Dortch and then killed himself, the United States Postal Inspection Service said.

The preliminary investigation has determined that the gun used in the incident was purchased by the suspect in 2017.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the USPS, had no prior complaints or reports involving Haley.

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Victim James Wilson Jr. was employed with the USPS since 2001.

Victim Demetria Dortch was employed with the USPS since 2015.

Suspect Johntra Haley was employed with the USPS since July 2021.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 (say “Law Enforcement”) or the Memphis Crime Stoppers at 901-528- CASH (2274). Please reference U.S. Postal Inspection Service Case Number 3535074-WPV.