this day in crime history: august 20, 1986

USPSmemorial
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 Edmond, 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

One thought on “this day in crime history: august 20, 1986

  1. John D.:
    All that carnage…over a stinking REPRIMAND.

    (some people need to check their attitudes at the FRONT DOOR.
    (and also not bring weapons back to work when they’re having an episode of stupidity and anger).

    Roll safe out there.

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