Companies raise concerns about Doordash safety after driver shot
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Companies raise concerns about Doordash safety after driver shot

O’FALLON, Missouri – A shot rang out in the 800 block of Barbara Place just before 12:30 a.m. July 7 when a delivery person mistakenly delivered an order to the wrong address and attempted to pick it up.

Homeowner Dwayne Tyreese Jones confronted the driver, which led to the shooting and finding the victim in Jones’ driveway. Paramedics performed life-saving measures before transporting the driver to the hospital.

“He’s still in the hospital; he’s had multiple surgeries and he’s still in very, very critical condition. … In this situation, I don’t think there’s anything the driver did that would justify this type of action,” said St. Charles County District Attorney Joe McCulloch.

Doordash, a popular food delivery service, is widely used in St. Charles County and is taking several steps to keep its drivers safe. It has partnered with ADT to provide drivers with access to agents and direct calls to 911, but in times like these, the community is wondering if more can be done to protect drivers.

One downtown St. Charles shopkeeper who uses Doordash told FOX 2, “If I was a Doordash driver, I’d be afraid of it too… I’m worried about the people I know who use Doordash and their safety.”

Emily Hartig of Riverside Sweets also uses Doordash in her business.

“If things get really dangerous and more of this happens, I think companies might start to wonder if it’s worth doing — if they’re not making a ton of money off of it, they don’t want to put people at risk,” she said.

Others aren’t as keen to give up the service, like Chip Bates, owner of The Main House.

“It’s a double-edged sword; if this system were to collapse, all these people would have to find other work somewhere else,” Bates said.

The St. Charles County Prosecutor’s Office charges Jones with first-degree assault and armed criminal mischief. He remains in custody without bail due to his prior criminal history. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 17.