UPS Trucker Faces 29 Charges So Far in Series of Interstate Shootings
Jackson County, OR – A UPS trucker is facing 29 charges in connection to recent alleged interstate shootings and could soon be facing even more.
On Friday, Oregon State Police (OSP) said a suspect in a series of shootings dating back to May was arrested late Thursday night and identified him as 49-year-old Kenneth Ayers of Roseburg.
Ayers was arrested specifically in connection with an August 19 shooting on Interstate 5 where a female was shot while driving near milepost 37.
The victim was treated at a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries and released.
In the course of the investigation into the shooting, OSP Troopers were able to locate a UPS tractor-trailer believed to be involved.
OSP said it seized the truck and a search warrant was executed in which investigators found a “firearm consistent with the type used” in the shooting.
Ayers was also determined to be a suspect in six additional shootings in Josephine, Douglas, and Jackson Counties, OSP said.
He is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $1 million bail.
He has also now been charged in two of the shootings which occurred in Jackson County.
The charges include second degree attempted murder, second degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, and two counts of second degree criminal mischief.
Prosecutors in Josephine and Douglass Counties are also expected to file charges as well.
Following news of the arrest, UPS released a statement.
“We are appalled to hear about these allegations and are fully cooperating with the responding authorities,” UPS said. “Firearms are prohibited at UPS facilities and in our vehicles. We are extremely concerned for the motorists and other individuals who have been affected.”
Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow the case.