Postal worker shot dead in his truck by former neighbor who thought he was being poisoned, feds say

United States Postal Service workers load mail onto delivery trucks at a Royal Oak post office, Michigan. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
According to court documents, a man admitted to shooting a neighbor and a former postal worker who he believed poisoned his family.

According to an affidavit, Eric Kortz claimed that he had killed Louis Vignone while he was traveling on his mail route.

Local residents described Kortz as "obsessed" to local news outlets. They also said Vignone had left the neighborhood to "start over."

According to court documents, a Pennsylvania man admitted to shooting dead a USPS worker. He believed he was trying to poison his family.

According to an affidavit filed at the Western District of Pennsylvania federal court, Erik Kortz was seen following Louis Vignone on his Thursday mail route through Collier Township.

Kortz pulled his van up in front of Vignone's mail truck to stop him, and then he shot Vignone, according to the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Kortz claimed that he had dropped his gun at the scene and then drove straight to a local cop department to surrender to them.

Vignone sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his head and was declared dead on the spot, according to the affidavit. Investigators claim they found a firearm, seven spent shell casings and a vehicle belonging to Vignone in a nearby yard.

Kortz was accused of murdering an employee of the United States as well as using a firearm in connection to a crime. Kortz is expected to appear in court October 12th for a hearing.

According to the affidavit Kortz claimed that he "went some bullets in Vignone" because he believed his neighbor had poisoned him with cyanide and his family.

KDKA was told by a former neighbor of Vignone and Kortz that Kortz was "oddly and beyond obsessed" when they lived next to each other. According to the report, Kortz lived across the street with Vignone's brother and his wife as well as their three children.

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KDKA was told by another former neighbor that Vignone moved his family from New York to Moon Township in 2018, to "get a new start." Another former neighbor said to KDKA that Kortz had told his neighbors months prior that "something big" was coming and that everyone would be aware.

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