ATTICA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Wyoming County man has been charged with attempting to kill the Wyoming County Sheriff following a Tuesday morning incident on State Route 238 in the Town of Attica.
According to sheriff's reports, Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph was on his way to work in uniform around 6:35 a.m. Tuesday morning in an unmarked police vehicle, when another vehicle began to tailgate him.
The vehicle was also flashing its lights.
Sheriff Rudolph pulled over to see if the vehicle needed assistance, at which point the vehicle pulled in front of the sheriff's car, blocking him in.
The other driver, Lynn M. Hall, 48, of Castile, then exited his vehicle and met the sheriff at the driver door and engaged him in a physical altercation, according to sheriff's reports.
At this point, Sheriff Rudolph recognized Hall as someone who had come into the sheriff's office recently to inquire about it.
Hall allegedly attempted to gain control of the sheriff's weapon and a struggle continued onto the ground on the side of the roadway, ending with Hall on top of Sheriff Rudolph with a knife and threatening to take his life.
Two newspaper deliverers and an off-duty New York State Police officer stopped during the ground altercation and assisted the sheriff.
Hall was taken into custody and charged with first degree attempted murder, first degree attempted assault, and second degree criminal possession of a weapon. He is being held without bail.
Sheriff Rudolph was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He released a statement on the matter Thursday morning:
"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my loved ones, the members of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, other County employees, fellow Sheriffs and an overwhelmingly compassionate community for the outpouring of support and kindness since Tuesday. I am particularly indebted to the two gentlemen, who likewise were working and unsuspecting of how life changes and unfolds in a matter of seconds. Their quick actions without regard to their safety undoubtedly altered the outcome and were nothing short of heroic. I am also grateful to the New York State Trooper who likewise entered this harrowing incident and assisted getting Lynn Hall into custody.
I am very fortunate to live and work in such a kind and caring community and to have such support from loved ones, family, friends and peers that have made this incident easier to endure. I am recovering well and have returned to work. As this is an active criminal investigation, I will not be discussing the specifics of this incident; please do not mistake this purposeful silence as a lack of appreciation. I will forever be grateful."
The investigation has been turned over to state police.