A trucker who led police on a crazy chase through three New York counties was shot and killed Wednesday night.
The chase started around 8:30 p.m. May 27th when a LeRoy police officer attempted to pull over the semi-truck for a speeding violation. According to the local police chief, the trucker did initially stop the truck, but refused to follow the officer’s instructions, and began to drive away causing the officer, who was still on the truck, to jump off the moving truck.
According to Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, during the police chase, which lasted under an hour and spanned three counties, the driver made multiple dangerous u-turns and that there was “some kind of ramming” between the driver and police vehicles during the chase.
Dougherty said the driver entered Livingston County around 9 p.m. He says law enforcement used spikes to try and slow the semi, but the vehicle continued to “aggressively ram our vehicles.” Dougherty said that the driver also opened fire on several officers throughout the chase, shooting at the officers as he was travelling down the road. Dougherty said there were Sheriff’s deputies set up ahead of the chase and fired at the trucker at two different points in the chase, finally bringing the truck to a stop.
“We have a lot of scenes to tech and a lot of gun fire was exchanged,” Dougherty said during a press conference. “I will confirm here the operator of the vehicle is deceased, and we’re working through the timeline to find out who this guy is and why this happened.”