Roseburg man arrested in connection to I-5 shootings

Oregon State Police arrested 49-year-old Kenneth Ayers from Roseburg in connection with a string of shootings along I-5 going back to May.

Posted: Aug 21, 2020 9:24 AM
Updated: Aug 21, 2020 6:14 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- An arrest has been made in the I-5 sniper case, officials say.

Oregon State Police arrested Kenneth Ayers, 49, of Roseburg after many weeks of shootings reported along Interstate 5 in Douglas, Josephine and Jackson counties. Many vehicles had been hit, and most recently, a driver was struck by a bullet near Central Point.

Officials said evidence from the most recent shooting led them an hour north to a UPS semi-truck. After obtaining a search warrant, investgators found a weapon similar to what was being used in the the previous shootings. They said they also learned Ayers was the one driving the vehicle. 

Oregon State Police Capt. Tim Fox confirmed that Ayers was a UPS employee. They believe he was shooting people while driving on the clock.

“UPS has been fully cooperative with this investigation, which started before Aug. 19," said Fox. 

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Ayers was lodged in the Jackson County Jail for attempted murder, second-degree assault, seven counts of unlawful use of a weapon, seven counts of second-degree criminal mischief, and 13 counts of recklessly endangering another person.

Officials said there are seven shootings connected to Ayers at this time, starting around late May.

Some neighbors told KEZI 9 News that they're still in shock over Ayers' arrest. They said he was always friendly but mainly kept to himself. 

“It’s so cliché," said Stephen Kuester. "I hate to sound cliché, but I never would’ve imagined him! But then it turns out to be him.”

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District atorneys from Douglas and Josephine counties will work with the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office. There will be additional charges, and they will all be presented to a Jackson County Grand Jury.

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