Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph is recovering after allegedly being attacked by a Castile man on the side of the road in Attica.
Lynn Hall, 48, is charged with attempted murder in the first-degree, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
According to New York State troopers, he used his car to flag down the sheriff Tuesday morning on Route 238 in Attica. When the sheriff pulled over, Hall used his car to block him in. Hall then allegedly got out of the car, attacked the sheriff, tried to take his gun and held a knife on him.
Police say two newspaper deliverers and an off-duty trooper saw the scuffle and stepped in to help.
"I would love to thank them," said Mrs. Rudolph. "They saved his life."
She says the attack left her son with bruised ribs but he's otherwise doing fine.
Hall allegedly spoke to the sheriff the day before about an application for a pistol permit, according to police. He’s being held in the Livingston County Jail without bail.
It's not the first life-threatening incident for Sheriff Rudolph. In 2006, Rudolph, then a deputy, was shot in the face and shoulder during a standoff in the town of Bennington.
He bounced back and his parents are confident he will again.