Troopers: Man attacks Wyoming County sheriff, threatens to kill him

Lynn Hall (Photo: State Police)

Attica, N.Y. – A Castile man is in custody after State Police say he attempted to kill the Wyoming County sheriff.

Lynn Hall, 48, has been charged with first degree attempted murder, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

The incident happened Tuesday morning on State Route 238 in Attica.

Troopers say Sheriff Gregory Rudolph was on his way to work when a vehicle began tailgating his and flashing its lights.

Sheriff Rudolph reportedly pulled over to assess whether the other driver needed assistance. Once he pulled over, the other vehicle pulled in front of his vehicle and blocked him in.

Troopers say Hall engaged in a physical altercation with Rudolph at the door of Rudolph’s vehicle. Hall reportedly tried to take Rudolph’s gun.

The fight reportedly caused both to go to the ground, where Hall allegedly ended up on top of the sheriff with a knife. Troopers say he threatened to kill the sheriff.

Two newspaper delivery workers who were passing by the area helped the sheriff, as did an off-duty State Police trooper.

Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O'Geen said Hall had an AR-15 rifle and a handgun inside his car when he attacked Sheriff Rudolph. The handgun was illegal because he did not have a permit to possess it. The AR-15 was a legal weapon.

Sheriff Rudolph suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Hall was arraigned and remanded to the Livingston County Jail without bail.

Sheriff Rudolph said he recognized Mr. Hall had come into the Sheriff’s Office the day before. He had reportedly applied for a pistol permit.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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