Suspect in Custody After UPS Driver Fatally Shot in Irvine, California

Irvine, California – Police have apprehended a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of a UPS driver inside his truck on Thursday afternoon. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. near Chrysler and Bendix in the city, according to Irvine police.

Sgt. Karie Davies from FOX 11 LA reported that the UPS driver was shot while on break and eating inside his truck by an unidentified suspect who arrived in a pickup truck. The shooter, believed to be wearing a face mask, began shooting at the driver without any clear motive.

Authorities are currently investigating whether there was a prior connection between the driver and the suspect, as the shooting appeared to be targeted rather than a random act of violence. The identity of the suspect has not been disclosed, and the circumstances surrounding the incident remain under scrutiny.

After hours of pursuit, law enforcement located the suspect’s truck near Santiago Canyon Road and the Toll Road. The suspect locked himself inside the vehicle but was eventually apprehended with the use of chemical agents and a police dog after a standoff with the SWAT team.

Community members described the UPS driver as a familiar face in the area, known for his friendly demeanor and regular lunch spot. According to witnesses, the driver had been delivering packages in the neighborhood for many years.

In response to the tragic incident, UPS released a statement expressing sadness over the loss of their employee and pledged to cooperate with authorities in the investigation. The company emphasized its commitment to the safety and well-being of its staff members and stated that counseling services would be provided to those affected by the tragedy.

Irvine police urged anyone with information about the shooting to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation. The department expressed gratitude to the community for their support and offered condolences to the victim’s family and loved ones.