Canton postal worker behind bars after gun goes off in mail truck

Harry Lewis Royal faces several charges after the isolated incident

Canton postal worker behind bars after gun goes off in mail truck
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PLAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WOIO) - A Canton postal worker is behind bars after he was accused of discharging a gun in his mail truck Thursday morning.

Deputies converged at the 4600 block of Packard Avenue NW in Plain Township to investigate the shooting, and they allege the mailman -- Harry Lewis Royal, 37, of Canton -- attempted to fabricate a story to conceal the incident.

Royal was then arrested, booked into Stark County Jail and hit with multiple felony charges, including: improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, vandalism, inducing panic and falsification.

“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," Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier said.

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