Uber driver charged after gun incident

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – A former Uber driver is facing charges after police say he threatened some of his passengers with a gun.

Junior Justin drove four people to a Sheetz store on Millersville Road in late June and became angry with the way they closed his car door, so he followed them and showed them a gun in his waistband, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said Justin told them he carried the gun for his safety while driving for the ride-hailing company. Uber officials told ABC27 News that drivers and passenger aren’t allowed to carry firearms.

“If you’re going to take on the responsibility of carrying a gun around to protect yourself, you certainly should use common sense,” Millersville police Sergeant Jeffery Margevich said.

Margevich says Uber riders should be aware that some of their safety falls on them once they get into a car.

“One of the main things would be acting accordingly so you don’t cause any confrontation with the person who is driving you around,” he said.

Margevich also suggested riders keep in contact with friends or family when using Uber. He said the same advice also applies to anyone who hails a taxi.

“You would want to do what we’ve been doing for as long as there have been taxis around,” he said.

Justin is charged with simple assault. An Uber spokesperson said he hasn’t driven for them since the incident.

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