CORVALLIS, Ore. (KOIN) — Investigators found an AK-47 and 15 loaded magazines in the home of the temporary worker accused of firing a shot inside the Foster Farms plant in Corvallis, court documents said.
Adrian Nickerson, 22, made his first court appearance on Friday.
Benton County senior assistant district attorney Amie Matusko says Nickerson was involved in a traffic crash Thursday and realizing he didn’t have his license with him, grabbed his backpack which contained a handgun and ran to his job at Foster Farms.
She says Nickerson went into a women’s restroom to change into his uniform and fired a shot into the ceiling when a woman entered. No one was injured.
Police on Thursday did not find the gun used at Foster Farms.
He had no previous run-ins with Corvallis Police but faces a long list of charges for the traffic crash and the Foster Farms incident, including burglary, reckless endangerment and theft.
On Friday, Nickerson’s attorney, John Rich, entered not guilty pleas in Benton County Circuit Court.
A judge ordered Nickerson not to have contact with the victim and ordered that he not have any weapons or body armor.
Nickerson remains jailed on $1 million bail and his next court appearance is July 25.
KOIN 6 spoke with Nickerson’s mother, Sandra Ravenstone, by phone on Thursday afternoon. She said her son had only worked at Foster Farms as a temp employee a handful of times.
“I can’t imagine why he would do this. At all. He didn’t talk bad about his job. I saw him the day before yesterday. He said he was going to go to work today. I don’t know how this happened,” she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.