A Wyoming County man is accused of trying to murder the Wyoming County Sheriff in a roadside attack.
New York State Police say around 6:30 Tuesday morning, Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph was on his way to work, in uniform and driving an unmarked police car. While traveling on State Route 238 in Attica, a car began tailgating him and flashing its lights. Police say Sheriff Rudolph pulled over to see if the vehicle needed help. Instead, the car pulled in front of the Sheriff’s vehicle and blocked him in.
Police say Hall got out of his car, met Sheriff Rudolph at the door of his police car, and began fighting him. They say Hall tried to gain control of Rudolph’s gun, and the struggle continued to the ground on the side of the road. Hall ended up on top of the Sheriff with a knife, threatening to kill him.
During the struggle, two newspaper deliverers stopped and helped with the Sheriff. An off-duty New York State Trooper also arrived on scene to help. Sheriff Rudolph was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
According to police, at one point in the altercation, Sheriff Rudolph recognized Hall as someone who had applied for a pistol permit and had come to the Sheriff’s office the day before to inquire about it.
Hall is charged with attempted murder, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and is being held in the Livingston County Correctional Facility without bail.