Wyoming County, NY, Sheriff Gregory Rudolph was driving to work when a man began to tailgate him, flashing his lights. Sheriff Rudolph pulled over to see if the other driver needed assistance. That’s when Rudolph came under attack.

The driver—identified as 48-year-old Lynn Hall—exited his vehicle, approached Rudolph, and attempted to get the sheriff’s gun, police say.

Two Buffalo News newspaper deliverers subsequently intervened, helping Rudolph to take Hall into custody.

Hall is charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree assault, and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which are felonies, as he allegedly tried to stab Rudolph during a physical altercation.

“I am very fortunate to live and work in such a kind and caring community and to have such support from loved ones, family, friends, and peers that have made this incident easier to endure,” Rudolph said in a statement.


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