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Shootout with police ends with tractor trailer driver dead in Geneseo


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The driver of a tractor trailer is dead after a shoot out with police agencies at several locations before the crashed on Rt. 20A in Geneseo.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The driver of a tractor-trailer who led police on a reckless chase through three counties was shot and killed Wednesday night.

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty said it was not yet clear why the driver fled police and repeatedly fired at officers attempting to stop him.  

“He had no regard for human life, weaving this semi all over both lanes, specifically at our patrol cars,” Dougherty said.

The incident started in LeRoy, Genesee County, when a police officer stopped the driver for speeding on West Main Street. LeRoy Village Police Chief Chris Hayward said that the driver refused to follow the officer’s directions and drove away while an officer was still on the truck, forcing the officer to jump off the moving vehicle.


Police chase ends with one dead in Livingston County.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

According to Dougherty, the driver made multiple U-turns during the pursuit, tried to run down numerous police cars and repeatedly fired shots at police. Dougherty said the driver first traveled to Batavia, made a U-turn and returned to LeRoy and passed through Pavilion before entering Livingston County and driving into Geneseo. At one point he drove onto Interstate 390, but turned again.

The pursuit ended near the Applebee’s restaurant on Route 20A in Geneseo, when officers fired multiple shots at the driver, Dougherty said. The driver died at the scene, he said.

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No police officers or civilians were injured during the incident, but Dougherty said there were several close calls. The driver rammed several police cars. Several patrol cars were also struck with gunfire.

“He was purposely trying to hurt cops tonight and ultimately, this is how it ended,” Dougherty said at a late-night news briefing at the scene. 


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The pursuit traveled at normal and slow speeds but was never a high-speed chase, according to police.

Dougherty said police had warned drivers about the chase and used cellular phone and radio communications to clear drivers from the roads and later updated drivers after the chase had ended.

Dougherty did not identify the driver, confirm what he was hauling or what company owned the rig.

The stretch of Route 20A that was closed overnight reopened around 7:30 a.m., deputies said.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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