EXCLUSIVE: Newspaper delivery man helps sheriff being attacked on the side of the road

December 12, 2018 10:59 PM

State police say 48-year-old Lynn Hall attacked Sheriff Greg Rudolph, threw him to the ground and threatened him with a knife.  

Hall is charged with the attempted murder.  

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News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke spoke exclusively with the delivery man that stepped in to help. 

Sheriff Rudolph is recovering at home Wednesday night. He has some visible scratches on his face but tells News10NBC that he's feeling okay. 

He wasn't ready to do an on-camera interview about all this yet but he is very thankful for Jack Harzynski. 

Around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Harzynski was helping deliver newspapers along Rt. 238 in Attica when he passed flashing lights. That's when he looked over and saw two men on the ground.  

"I turned around, I got out of my car and as I got out I heard 'help help, help, help,' and I ran up to him," said Harzynski. 

On the ground was Wyoming County Sheriff Greg Rudolph.

He was on his way to work in uniform, in an unmarked police car when troopers say Lynn Hall pulled up behind him, flashing his lights to get him to pull over.

When Sheriff Rudolph did, troopers say Hall attacked him, reached for his gun and eventually ended up on top of the sheriff with a knife threatening to take his life. 

"I said, 'hey, what the heck are you doing...'. The guy turned around and looked at me and I saw the knife in his hand and he was like hovering over the sheriff... and then as soon as he turned his head back, I just lunged at him, grabbed him and threw him into the snowbank farther and fell with him, and then he got up with the knife again," said Harzynski. "He didn't say a word to me and then at that moment the sheriff got up and tackled him and got him down on his belly and got him cuffed." 

News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke: "What were you thinking as you were approaching?" 

Harzynski: "Honestly, I wasn't thinking anything. I just said... 'you know what, something ain't right' and I just reacted. There was no thinking involved." 

Lewke: "You saw the knife, you knew there could probably be a danger to yourself."

Harzynski: "...really wasn't worried about me. I just saw that knife was inches from his upper torso and his face, and I just said 'I gotta take a chance and just react and do something.'" 

Sheriff Rudolph recognized Hall as someone who had recently applied for a pistol permit and who had come to the office the day before to inquire about it.

It's unclear at this point whether Hall had been denied that permit.

Lewke: "When you looked at him, did you think when he turned back he was prepared to stab the sheriff?" 

Harzynski: "That's all I had on my mind. I think this guy was going to do it but I'm not going to say he wouldn't have had second thoughts but in my heart and mind, I think he was going to do it." 

Hall is being held without bail. He's due back in court later this month. 


Jennifer Lewke

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