this day in crime history: august 20, 1986

Memorial to the incident in Edmond, OK

On this date in 1986, Postal Service employee Patrick Sherrill went on a shooting spree in a post office in Edmonds, OK. Twenty people were shot, leaving fourteen dead and six injured. At the conclusion of his rampage, Sherrill turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. It is believed that the shooting may have been motivated by a reprimand that Sherrill had received the day before. The incident is often credited with inspiring the phrase “going postal.”

Further reading:

Murderpedia – Patrick Henry Sherrill

Wikipedia – Patrick Sherrill

Time“Crazy Pat’s” Revenge

9 thoughts on “this day in crime history: august 20, 1986

  1. I’ve wondered about this for a long time. The only shootings inside post offices that I know of involved postal employees shooting other employees, or customers. So why are customers not allowed to carry defensive weapons into post offices?
    I sense a Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy.


  2. John D.:
    Ah, so THAT’S the guy who started this while thing.

    And WHAT kind of “reprimand” could be THAT bad that he’d go off SO violently?
    (talk about over-sensitive…and dangerous).

    Good story.

    Roll safe out there.


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