Pittsburgh Man Indicted on Murder and Firearms Charges following Killing of Letter Carrier

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of murdering an employee of the United States and using a firearm to do so, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The two-count Indictment named Eric Kortz, 53, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on October 7, 2021, Kortz shot and killed a United States Postal employee while he was working as a letter carrier.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of death or a term of life imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan D. Lusty is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Inspection Service, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Collier Township Police Department, and the Carnegie Borough Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.