California UPS driver shot, killed while in truck on break

A UPS driver was shot and killed inside his truck in Irvine, California, Thursday afternoon, and police have taken the suspect into custody.

According to the Irvine Police Department’s Facebook page, the shooting occurred around 3 p.m. near Chrysler and Bendix in the city.

Sergeant Curry Davis told FOX 11 LA The UPS driver was taking a break and eating in his truck when an unidentified suspect pulled up to his pickup truck and began shooting. Police believe the shooter was wearing a mask.

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A UPS driver was shot and killed in Irvine, California on Thursday in what police believe was a targeted attack. (FOX 11 LA Live Stream/Screenshot)

Davis said officers are investigating whether the driver and suspect knew each other and whether there was a potential motive behind the shooting.

“We don’t know exactly what, if any, relationship there is between these two gentlemen,” Davis said. “This definitely looked like it was targeted. I mean, it wasn’t a robbery, it didn’t look like a robbery.”

A few hours later, around 6 p.m., authorities spotted the suspected shooter’s truck near Santiago Canyon Road and the Tollway. Davis said the suspect barricaded himself inside the vehicle, but was eventually forced out of the vehicle after chemical agents and a police dog were deployed.

“He didn’t give up peacefully. He was lured out of the car or forced out of the car by our SWAT team, but he’s alive.” Davis said.

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The gunman accused of killing a UPS driver in Irvine, Calif., barricaded himself inside his truck Thursday before police forced him out and arrested him. (FOX 11 LA Live Stream/Screenshot)

Community members told FOX 11 the UPS driver was known in the area and always ate lunch at the same location.

Kevin Sanchez told the magazine: “He was a friendly gentleman, never had any attitude or negative attitude. Just like a normal delivery guy.” They added that they were delivering their own packages. A package that will last for years.

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UPS releases statement Announcing the driver’s death, the company said it would assist authorities in every way possible to “understand what happened.”

“Our hearts are heavy tonight with the news that a driver was killed in Irvine, California. We are assisting authorities in any way we can to understand what happened. As a result of the ongoing investigation, we are postponing the investigation into the incident.”The safety and health of our employees is our top priority and we are providing support and counseling to employees affected by this tragedy. service,” UPS said.


Irvine police said the fatal shooting remains under investigation and asked anyone with information to call 949-724-7200.

“We would like to thank everyone in the community for their concern as we investigated today’s tragic murder. Our hearts are with the victim and her loved ones,” the department said on Facebook.