Police have identified the trucker involved in the police chase and shootout late May 27th which resulted in the trucker being killed.
Livingston Country Sheriff Thomas Dougherty identified the trucker as Joshua Blessed, 58, of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Blessed, who also went by the name Sergei Jourev. Blessed worked for Rockingham, Virginia based Yurman Express, LLC, a one truck operation according to FMCSA records.
Yurman Express is a nine month old company with only one roadside inspection recorded in the SAFER database which occurred just over three months ago. That inspection resulted in 16 violations including two driver violations for unsafe driving, 1 speeding violation, failure to pre-trip, 8 separate Hours-of-Service violations and 4 other vehicle and/or driver violations for IFTA, IRP and periodic inspection violations. The Volvo tractor involved in the inspection in February is the same truck used in the chase Wednesday night. It is unknown if Blessed was the driver at the time of the inspection.
Dougherty said that he was not sure how many shots were fired between police and blessed during the shootout, commenting “A lot. He fired a lot of shots and we fired a lot of shots.”
Police were able to stop the out of control trucker just before 10 p.m. when police fired on the truck with long guns in-front of an Applebee’s on Route 20A in Geneseo, New York. Blessed was pronounced dead at the scene according to Dougherty.
Numerous police vehicles were reportedly hit with gunfire, with one local news outlet The Democrat & Chronicle, a Livingston County Sheriff’s Office patrol unit was hit with 10 bullets. According to this report, Police recovered one handgun from the cab of the truck.