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Officials: Man swinging hatchet at passing motorists injures deputies

Three Oswego County Sheriff’s deputies were injured by a man who was acting erratically and swinging what they say appeared to be a hatchet at passing motorists in the area of County Route 10 in the Town of Schroeppel Wednesday afternoon.
Schroeppel (WSYR-TV) -- Three Oswego County Sheriff’s deputies were injured by a man who was acting erratically and swinging what they say appeared to be a hatchet at passing motorists in the area of County Route 10 in the Town of Schroeppel Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies were dispatched to the area at around 1:30 p.m. Upon arrival, the man was ordered to drop the weapon, but failed to do so, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were forced to pepper spray the suspect after they say he moved toward them in an aggressive manner.

The deputies who were hurt during the incident were treated and released from area hospitals.

One of the deputies suffered a laceration during the incident; another suffered a broken hand and another injured his knee trying to control the suspect, officials said.

The suspect -- 55-year-old James E. Rogers, of Pennellville -- has been charged with one count each of aggravated assault on a police officer, assault in the second degree, menacing a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the incident to call them at 349-3411.

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