After troopers say a man tried to kill him in a roadside attack last week, Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph is speaking for the first time.
Sheriff Rudolph said he was headed to work last Tuesday morning on Route 238 in Attica when a car began tailgating him and later flashing his lights.
When the sheriff pulled over, to see if something was wrong, troopers say 48-year-old Lynn Hall pulled in front of the sheriff’s vehicle, blocking him in.
“I would have bet a paycheck that it was going to be a medical emergency,” the sheriff explained. “That was my mindset when it started and it quickly changed.”
Hall then reportedly came at the sheriff, taking him to the ground. Investigators say Hall had a knife and threatened to kill the sheriff.
Hall is now charged with attempted murder, attempted assault, and criminal possession of a weapon.
Speaking Monday, Sheriff Rudolph recounted the attack.
“When we first had contact with each other, I knew right away he was stronger than I was,” the sheriff told reporters. “But, I felt like I could out condition him. My strategy very early on was to buy time.”
Sheriff Rudolph says Hall grabbed for his gun, but wasn’t able to get it. The sheriff adds that he recognized Hall who had visited the sheriff’s office recently to check on a pistol permit.
Sheriff Rudolph was able to make a call to dispatch for help, but help turned out to be closer than he anticipated: He says two men driving by stopped to pull Hall off the sheriff. A trooper was not far behind and was able to help the sheriff get Hall into handcuffs.
“You talk about lucky,” the sheriff says. “238 is a traveled road, but we are Wyoming County, we are rural, so it’s not traveled heavily. I’m just very grateful that timing worked out.”
“Everybody’s been more than gracious and respectful at the same time,” he adds. “I couldn’t be more proud of where I live and where I work here in Wyoming County.”