Man charged with attempted murder of deputy

Man accused of attacking deputy

POMFRET, NY - The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says a Cheektowaga man faces attempted murder and assault charges after he tried to kill a deputy with a knife.

The Sheriff's office says 21-year-old Justin Haffa is being held and faces numerous other charges.

Undersheriff Charles Holder says the incident started about 3:30 Sunday morning when a deputy responded to an accident on Route 60 in the Town of Pomfret. Holder says  the deputy suspected the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs and tried to place him under arrest.

Holder says that is when Haffa wrestled with the deputy and attempted to kill the deputy with a knife as he pinned the deputy to the ground. Holder says the deputy then fired a duty pistol in self defense. Holder says Haffa was able to wrestle the service weapon away and ran away on Route 60.

Other assisting police agencies joined the manhunt for Haffa. A reverse 911 and NY Alert was issued to local residents.

The Erie County Sheriff's Air One Helicopter was also called in along with State Police,  Fredonia Police, the US Border Patrol and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's SWAT unit. Local fire departments also assisted.  

Undersheriff Holder says Haffa was located at 7:30 on Putnam Road in the Town of Stockton.

Authorities say Haffa was carrying the deputy's service weapon when he was arrested.

Holder says the deputy suffered non life threatening injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital.

The investigation is continuing.      




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