Corvallis Foster Farms shooting suspect scheduled to appear in court Friday

Corvallis police say they have a man in custody at the scene of an "active threat" at Foster Farms on Northwest 9th Street in Corvallis on Thursday, July 18, 2019. KVAL photo

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The man accused of shooting a gun inside the Corvallis Foster Farms building is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Adrian Nickerson, 22, worked at the Foster Farms plant, but investigators are trying to figure out why he brought a gun to work and fired it inside the building Thursday. They said it doesn’t appear he had any grievances with the company or his coworkers.

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At around 8 a.m. Thursday, local law enforcement responded to reports of an armed man firing shots inside the Foster Farm plant. Police said the man barricaded himself inside the building, but came out before a SWAT team arrived at the scene.

Nearby businesses went into lockdown and others evacuated.

Police said they were in the area already for a hit-and-run crash and were able to respond to the scene quickly.

Now, police believe Nickerson was involved in the hit-and-run crash before he fled the scene and ran to Foster Farms.

Police found a bullet hole in a bathroom ceiling, but haven’t found the gun yet.

Foster Farms said it prepares for these threats and will have counseling available for employees who need it.

Investigators say what they need are answers – including what Nickerson’s motive was.

Nickerson has been charged with criminal mischief, discharging a firearm, menacing, and hit-and-run.

He’ll be in Benton County court at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

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