Attica Police Officer Attacked On Duty

Incident happened after Thursday accident

Tom Puckett
April 16, 2018 - 1:07 pm

Attica, NY (WBEN) Attica Police say an officer assisting in an accident call was attacked by the driver.

Officer Karl Zufall responded to assist at the scene on Dunbar Road near the Wyoming Correctional Facility last Thursday. Police say  he was met by David F. Woods Jr. who was standing in the road way.  Initially police say Officer Zufall had Woods sit in his patrol car to await the ambulance arrival.  Officer Zufall was asked to retrieve some personal items from the vehicle by Woods, attempted to gain entry to the vehicle however was unsuccessful due to the position of the vehicle.

When Officer Zufall returned police say Woods became irate and attacked Officer Zufall, striking Zufall in the chest and face multiple times, Officer Zufall ordered Woods to get back several times and was then forced to deployed a tazer.  The tazer had no effect on Woods, say police, and Woods continually attacked Officer Zufal when, as Officer Zufall attempted to take Woods into custody, members of Wyoming County Emergency Management and the Attica Fire Department arrived and immediately went to Officer Zufalls assistance.  Woods was taken into custody and handcuffed. 

When Deputies arrived from the Wyoming County Sheriff Office Woods was being transferred into their custody when police say Woods attacked Officer Zufall again, striking Officer Zufall in the knee.  Woods was restrained and placed into the awaiting deputies’ vehicle.  Officer Zufall remained at the scene until Woods was transported by the deputies. Upon returning to the office, Officer Zufall began having trouble breathing and pain in the jaw and knee.  An ambulance was requested and Officer Zufall was transported to the Emergency Department at Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment of injuries to his knee, ribs, back, chest and jaw.  Officer Zufall was treated and released however, will be out of work for a period of time.

Woods was then charged by the Wyoming County Sheriff Office for Assault 2nd, Attempted Assault 3rd, Obstruct Governmental Administration 2nd, Resisting Arrest, in addition to the vehicle and traffic charges and DWI charges which was the result of the motor vehicle accident.

Woods was released from Jail, just two days prior, (Tuesday, April 10th) on bail from charges resulting from a violent domestic.  Police say Woods has an extensive criminal history involving violent behavior and attacks to others.

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