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Man attacks deputy with knife, steals gun during DUI investigation


Sept. 12–MAYVILLE, N.Y. — A Buffalo-area man remained in the Chautauqua County Jail Monday morning facing charges including attempted murder and assault in an attack on a Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputy during a traffic investigation in Pomfret, N.Y., early Sunday morning.

Investigators said the deputy, whose name was not released, received non-life-threatening injuries when he was attacked by Justin S. Haffa, 21, of Cheektowaga as the deputy was investigating a traffic crash on Route 60 in Pomfret at about 3:35 a.m. Sunday.

According to Undersheriff Charles Holder, the deputy, during the course of the investigation, believed Haffa, who was the operator involved in the crash, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and attempted to take him into custody. Haffa attacked the deputy, pinning him to the ground and attempting to kill him with a knife, Holder said. The deputy fired his gun, but Haffa was able to wrestle the gun away from the deputy and ran off, he said.

Haffa, who was not shot, was last seen running south on Route 60. A manhunt involving federal, state and local authorities was launched, at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday Haffa was found and apprehended in Stockton, N.Y. He was in possession of the deputy’s gun, Holder said. The deputy was treated and released from a hospital, he said.

The incident remained under investigation Monday.


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