Police probe shootout-postal worker slayings tie

COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) -- Police say investigators are looking into a possible link between a police shootout in western Tennessee that killed a teenage suspect this week and the fatal shooting of two postal workers in Henning in October.

Mason Police Chief James Paris told The Associated Press that U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigators are checking to see if the gun that police say 18-year-old Chastain Montgomery Jr. fired at officers before he was fatally shot Monday was also used in the post office crime.

The link between the two cases was first reported by WMC-TV.

The teenager's father, also named Chastain Montgomery, is being held in Covington on charges related to the shootout and faces a hearing Friday.

The FBI, U.S. Attorney's office and postal inspectors declined to comment Thursday.

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Loller reported from Nashville, Tenn.

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