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Tractor-trailer pursuit ends in gunfire, Sheriff says driver had no regard for human life

A tractor-trailer pursuit ended in gunfire in Geneseo. It started in LeRoy, Genesee County when deputies attempted to stop the rig for speeding.

The driver originally stopped, then drove off, leading police on a lengthy pursuit.

He fled, first going to Batavia, then back to LeRoy, into Pavillion, then to Geneseo and onto I-390, only to end up back in Geneseo, according to News10NBC. The truck entered Livingston County around 9 p.m., and they attempted to spike it.

The drama played out on scanner feeds, as thousands listened to officers calmly handle the situation, despite the seriousness.

Hyper-Reach was used to clear civilians off the road during the incident, because the driver was firing shots out of the truck while weaving in and out of lanes toward patrol cars.

The driver, who was not identified, struck several patrol cars.

“He had no regard for human life,” Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty said. The pursuit ended at Lakeville Road near the Wegmans in Geneseo. That’s where deputies were waiting with long guns.

They also had an armored vehicle on the way.

The driver died. Additional information was not immediately available, but scanner traffic indicated that the driver fled the vehicle into a field, and was eventually taken into custody after gunfire with deputies.

“He was purposefully trying to hurt cops tonight, and this is how it ended,” Dougherty said. He added that no civilians or police officers were hurt during the incident.

“I think you stop a semi the way that we did. When he started firing at us, then we fired at him,” Dougherty told News10NBC. “Again, I don’t know if we are looking at how to stop a semi, there are very limited resources to do that. So, we did have our MWRAP en route here, that’s a heavy military vehicle that is armored because, again, he is taking shots. We have multiple patrol cars struck.”

New York State Police and the Geneseo County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.

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