RHINEBECK – A dangerous encounter with an emotionally disturbed suicidal man on Tuesday, March 29th resulted in a Dutchess County Deputy Sheriff being treated at a local hospital.
At approximately 3:20 p.m., Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Mill Road in the Town of Rhinebeck to conduct a welfare check on the reported emotionally disturbed suicidal person.
The man saw the first-arriving deputy approaching and used a motor vehicle to sideswipe the marked patrol vehicle and then rammed the same patrol car with the deputy still inside.
Following the attack, the suspect abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene on foot. After an extensive manhunt in challenging terrain by deputies, a K9 unit, and the sheriff’s office Drone Unit the suspect was located and safely taken into custody without further incident.
This incident is still under investigation by the sheriff’s Detective Bureau, which was assisted at the scene by members of the New York State Police and the Village of Rhinebeck Police Department.
The deputy was treated at Northern Dutchess Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and he was discharged later in the day.