Gulfport man threatened postal carrier with gun, investigators say

A Gulfport man is facing federal charges after threatening a postal carrier with a gun.

Court documents in U.S. District Court show that Rusty S. Holloway is charged with forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, intimidating or interfering with a postal employee during her official duties on Oct. 20, 2022.

According to an affadavit filed by Postal Inspector Doug Wilson, the postal employee was on her rounds when a man, identified as Holloway, approached her while she was delivering mail.

The man yelled at her and said any mail for Rich or Richard Holloway should be put in the box. The carrier replied, “Yes, sir. No problem.”

At that point, the man pointed a gun about an inch from the carrier’s forehead and said, “I said, did you f—–g hear me?”

The carrier said she was afraid to move and after about a minute, he lowered the gun and stepped back. She then drove off and heard a gunshot and also heard a bullet hit the side of the truck. The carrier said that had it not been for a wall brace in the truck, she believes the bullet would have hit her in the back of the head.

The carrier called police and her supervisors to report the incident.

The postal inspector said Gulfport Police also received a call from witnesses that a black male shot a Sparklight company employee in the same area about the same time of day.

Gulfport Police arrested Holloway, who admitted to the shooting. The carrier also identified Holloway as the man who shot at her.

He had an initial appearance on Monday and assigned a public defender. He has a detention hearing today in U.S. District Court.

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