Authorities in Oregon arrested a UPS driver after a series of shootings across three counties. Police started trailing Kenneth Ayers, 49, after a shooting incident on May 12, in which police believed a UPS truck was involved.
After the August 19 shooting of a woman on Interstate 5, police found Ayers 60 miles from the crime scene, with all evidence pointing to his involvement. A search on his vehicle yielded a firearm matching the type of weapon used in all the other shootings.
The shootings took place in Jackson, Josephine, and Douglas counties in May, June, and July. The 49-year-old Rosenburg resident faces charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, attempted murder, assault, and unlawful use of a firearm. Police did not reveal the motive of the shootings. However, UPS rushed to defend its anti-gun policy. "We are deeply concerned about these allegations and are fully cooperating with the responding authorities," the company said. "Firearms are prohibited at UPS facilities and in our vehicles." While the UPS is not responsible for the actions of a potentially rogue employee and Ayers remains innocent until proven guilty, the incident exposes the weakness of the anti-gun policy. Despite the company banning firearms, a rogue employee brought a gun to work and potentially used it in committing several crimes over a long period.
If (God forbid) Ayers decided to shoot up at his place of employment, he would be the only person with a gun and nobody to stop him. Prohibiting firearms from the workplace keeps the employees and customers safe, they said.
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