Castile man charged with attempted murder of Wyoming County Sheriff

Posted at 8:31 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 20:31:33-05

A Castile man is being charged with attempted murder after a roadside altercation in Attica on Monday morning.

New York State Police report 48-year-old Lynn Hall was arrested and is charged with first degree attempted murder, first degree attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Investigators say Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph was on his way to work, in uniform, operating an unmarked police vehicle around 6:30 a.m.

While the Sheriff was traveling on State Route 238 in the town of Attica, a vehicle began to follow the Sheriff while flashing its lights.

Investigators say Sheriff Rudolph pulled over to see if assistance was needed, then the other vehicle, driven by Hall, pulled in front of the Sheriff’s vehicle, blocking him in.

According to NYSP, Hall got out of his vehicle and engaged Sheriff Rudolph in a physical altercation. Hall attempted to take the Sheriff’s weapon and a fight continued to the ground on the side of the roadway.

Investigators say Hall confronted the Sheriff with a knife, threatening to kill him.

During the fight, two newspaper deliverers stopped and assisted the Sheriff, along with an off-duty New York State Trooper. NYSP say Hall was then handcuffed and taken into custody.

Sheriff Rudolph was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. New York State Police are investigating.

Hall was arraigned and taken to the Livingston County Correctional Facility with no bail.

Sheriff Rudolph says he recognized the man as someone who had applied for a pistol permit and had come to the Sheriff’s office on Monday to inquire on it.

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