Police: Suspect in killing of postal worker set fire to home, shot self

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - DeKalb County police said they have a suspect in custody in the deadly shooting of a U.S. postal worker from earlier this week. 

Police said they found Quantez D’Ante Tyre, 22, of Covington, at a relative’s home along Snapfinger Road on Friday. He then holed himself up in the house for about two hours.

Investigators said Tyre was the boyfriend of Tyrika Terrell, who was shot and killed Monday night outside the post office at Wesley Chapel Road and Snapfinger Road in Decatur.

“According to the warrant, Ms. Terrell called Police Emergency 911 on November 27, 2017 to report that Mr. Tyre was outside her job, and that he had threatened to kill her a week earlier. She was shot several times in the head, causing her death, and Mr. Tyre fled the scene,” a news release said.

Officers said that around noon Friday, Tyre holed himself inside an upstairs bedroom with a weapon and refused to come out of the house.

Police said they tried to negotiate Tyre’s surrender, but then he set a fire inside the house. When SWAT officers found Tyre inside, he had shot himself.

Tyre was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for his injuries, where he will remain in custody of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Once he is released from the hospital, he will be processed into the DeKalb County Jail.

An arrest warrant was issued for Tyre on Nov. 28, and he was charged with felony murder.

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