SHREVEPORT, La. - A man is in jail accused of fatally shooting a U.S. Postal worker.
Antonio Williams was delivering mail along his normal route Saturday morning at the Lakeville Townhomes on Dudley Drive when he was killed.
Police arrested Michael Gentry and charged him with second degree murder.
Gentry is no stranger to the law. He has a criminal record that dates back to 2007. That's when he was arrested for resisting an officer and underage drinking and driving. In 2011, he was charged with possession of marijuana. And just last year, Gentry was charged with misdemeanor theft and drug paraphernalia. In most of these cases, Gentry either had to pay a fine or spend a short time in jail.
There's no confirmed information that Gentry knew Williams. Investigators are still searching for a motive.
"At this point, postal inspectors are continuing their investigation," said U.S. Postal Inspector Tony Robinson. "We will allow the investigation to bare out whatever motive or situations that may have been involved leading up this instance."
Robinson says Gentry could possibly face state and federal charges.
On Monday, the suspect's front door was taken down by detectives for evidence.
KTBS was told that there were bullet holes in the door because according to police as Williams was dropping mail in the suspect's mailbox, that's when he was fatally shot. Police say Williams was shot in the upper body multiple times. He was taken to Oschner LSU Health where he later died.
Postal inspectors from five states are in Shreveport to work with police on the case. Robinson says they value the lives of all postal workers and that they're also here to support other letter carriers.
"A part of our mission is, in fact, to help protect postal service, which include postal employees," Robinson said. Occurrences like this, of course, are very rare, but one is one too many and that is why we have an entire team of postal workers assembling here to assist with the Shreveport police department's investigation."
Robinson says mail in this area will continue to be delivered by Williams' fellow letter carriers.
Williams was well-known for carrying the mail in that area. Everyone we spoke to spoke very highly of Williams. Some of them may not have known him personally, but they knew he was a nice person devoted to his job. A man who says he was a friend of Williams, says Williams was the type of person who would not fight anyone. He says, in fact, he would walk away before it got that far. A neighbor says he'd talked to Williams a few times and was shocked when he heard what happened.
"He was just doing his job and it seems like in today's world, some people have nothing better to do," said Anthony Foreman. "He had to pass like that in a very violent manner. It's very sad."
We also talked to the property manager at Lakeville. He says that they are donating $50 out of each of the next 200 rent checks to Williams' family.
Gentry's bond was set at $250,000 dollars.
The investigation includes the FBI, the U.S. Postal Service, and Shreveport Police. The investigation is ongoing.