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Federal authorities say North Carolina man connected to fatal 2020 shootout in Geneseo

A Virginia man killed in a 2020 shootout with New York authorities is reportedly connected to a recent indictment of a North Carolina man, who federal authorities say provided explosives training to kill police.

The United States Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District in North Carolina announced Christopher Arthur, 38, of Mount Olive, was indicted for teaching another person how to make and use explosives with knowledge of the individual’s intention to use explosives in a murder attempt against police, according to The Evening Tribune.

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The investigation into Arthur began in 2020 after Joshua Blessed, 58, of Weyers Cave, VA, was shot and killed by police in Geneseo following a nearly two-hour pursuit, where Blessed shot at police and rammed his tractor-trailer into their vehicles. Blessed

Arthur faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $2,500 for his involvement.



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