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Manhunt ensues after man runs away w deputy gun

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Sep 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 01:22:35-04

Police say a driver in Chautauqua County tried to kill the deputy who pulled him over early Sunday morning.

Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says a deputy responded to a traffic accident on Route 60 in the Town of Pomfret around 3:35 a.m.

The deputy says he thought the driver, Justin Haffa, was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and attempted to arrest him.

According to officials, Haffa attacked the deputy during the arrest, pinning him to the ground, and tried to kill him with a knife.

The Sheriff's Office says in trying to save his life, the deputy responded by firing his pistol. Haffa was able to wrestle the pistol from the deputy and fled.

Haffa was not struck by the deputy and was last seen running south on Route 60, according to officials.

Law enforcement from several agencies were dispatched and a manhunt for Haffa ensued, according tot he Sheriff's Office.

Officials sent out a reverse 911 and a NY Alert was issued to local residents for their safety.

Erie County Sheriff's Office helicopter was used to help search the area.

Officials say Haffa was found around 7:30 a.m. and arrested on Putnam Road in the Town of Stockton. He had the deputy's pistol when he was arrested, according to deputies.

The deputy involved in the encounter had non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released from an area hospital, according to deputies.

The Sheriff's Office says Haffa is charged with attempted murder and assault and an investigation is ongoing.