Officials say a letter carrier attacked by dogs in Stanton has died.

Major Brian Whipple of the Kent County SPCA and state police said Thursday that 55-year-old Robert Rochester of New Castle died Wednesday night.

Whipple said Rochester had been bitten in the attack by two dogs on Friday, and was treated and released at a hospital.

 

U.S. Postal Service spokesman Ray Daiutolo Sr. confirmed Rochester's death, but did not provide more details, saying an investigation was continuing.

Troopers were called about 4:15 p.m. Friday and told that two dogs had attacked a mail carrier. When the trooper arrived on the scene, he saw two dogs attacking a smaller dog that was being walked by its owner.

The trooper fired his service weapon, injuring one of the dogs.