WARSAW, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Wyoming County Sheriff is thanking the public for its support following a violent confrontation with a suspect that led to charges of attempted murder.
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. Monday on State Route 238 in the town of Attica when a vehicle began to follow him while flashing its lights.
When Sheriff Rudolph pulled over to see if assistance was needed, investigators say the driver of the other vehicle - 48-year-old Lynn Hall - pulled in front of the sheriff’s vehicle, blocking him in.
According to state police, Hall got out of his vehicle and got into a physical altercation. He attempted to take the sheriff’s weapon and a fight continued to the ground on the side of the road.
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.
"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," the sheriff said in a statement. "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."
Hall is charged with first degree attempted murder, first degree attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office will hold a news conference with Sheriff Rudolph on Monday.
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