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Stray bullet kills postal worker in Stark



Published: Fri, October 20, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



CANTON (AP) -- A postal worker delivering mail in a residential neighborhood was struck in the head by a stray bullet and died, authorities said Thursday.

Jennifer Milburn, 26, of New Philadelphia, was on the front porch of a house shortly after noon when shots rang out, said police Capt. Doug Shackle.

Witnesses told police that someone fired several shots at a black Chevrolet Beretta driving near the house. The car crashed head-on into a tree, Shackle said.

It was unclear where the gunfire came from. Police said they had a suspect but did not release further details.

Milburn was pronounced dead at 4:50 p.m. at Aultman Hospital in Canton, said Rick Walters, an investigator in Stark County coroner's office. An official cause of death was pending an autopsy today.

Two passengers in the car ran from the crash scene and remained missing Thursday night, Shackle said. Blood in the car indicated that the driver may have been injured, he said.

A third passenger, Thomas Williams, 40, of Canton, also was taken to Aultman Hospital, where he was treated and released. Details of his injuries were not released.

The U.S. Postal Service has offered a 25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting.




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