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Man accused of attacking Wyoming County sheriff deemed mentally incompetent

The man accused of attacking Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory J. Rudolph in December has been deemed mentally incompetent to proceed with the criminal case against him.

The case against Lynn M. Hall, 48, of Castile, will be put on hold until he is deemed fit to stand trial, a Wyoming County Court judge has ordered, according to the county District Attorney's Office. Hall has been charged with first-degree attempted murder, attempted assault and second-degree weapons possession.

The results of two psychiatric exams were presented in court Friday, and Hall was placed into the custody of the state Office of Mental Health. He will remain in the agency's custody until his mental status changes, the District Attorney's Office said.

Hall's mental status will be the subject of a July 25 court hearing.

Rudolph was in uniform driving to work Dec. 11 on Route 238 in Attica when Hall started tailgating him and flashing his lights. Rudolph pulled over and Hall attacked him, putting a knife to his neck, according to the State Police.

Jack Harzynski, who was delivering The Buffalo News, stopped his car and pulled Hall off of Rudolph.

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