STARK COUNTY SHERIFF’s OFFICE RESPONDS TO SHOOTING
INVOLVING A US POSTAL SERVICE VEHICLE


Canton, OH -  On September 5, 2019 at approximately 1057 hours, the Stark County Sheriff’ Office responded to a report of a shooting involving a US Postal Service vehicle that occurred in the 4600 block of Packard Avenue NW, in Plain Township. 

Following an investigation by deputies into the shooting incident, it was determined that a postal worker who was operating the vehicle, discharged a firearm in the vehicle.  The postal worker subsequently fabricated a story to deputies to conceal the facts of this case.

The postal worker, Harry Lewis Royal, 37 YOA, Canton, Ohio was arrested on the following charges and booked in to the Stark County Jail pending bond:

        IMPROPER HANDLING OF A FIREARM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE (F4)
        VANDALISM (F5)
        INDUCING PANIC (F5)
        FALSIFICATION (M1)

Sheriff Maier stated “This was an isolated incident involving the suspect that began as an accidental discharge of a firearm in the postal vehicle.  There are no other parties involved in this incident”.