MAYVILLE – A Cheektowaga man is in the county jail after he allegedly attempted to murder a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says an unidentified sheriff deputy was responding to a property damage traffic accident on Rt. 60 in the Town of Pomfret around 3:35 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. During the investigation the deputy attempted to arrest the driver, identified as 21 year-old Justin Haffa, for being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
At some point during the arrest Haffa allegedly attacked the deputy, wrestled the officer to the ground, and then allegedly attempted to kill the deputy with a knife. The sheriff’s office says the deputy was able to fire their duty weapon, although Haffa was still able to wrestle the pistol from the deputy before running from the scene.
A manhunt then took place and Haffa was eventually captured around 7:30 a.m. Sunday after being found in an area of Putnam Rd. in the Town of Stockton. The deputy’s pistol was reportedly in his possession when he was located and arrested.
The Sheriff’s office says the deputy suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released from an area hospital.
Haffa has been charged with first degree attempted murder and also assault in the 2nd degree. He’s currently being held in the county jail.