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Police: Hatchet-Wielding N.Y. Man Subdued On Road

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File photo of a police scene. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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SCHROEPPEL, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say three sheriff’s deputies are recovering from injuries suffered when they disarmed a man swinging a hatchet at motorists on a central New York road.

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office tells local media the deputies were called to Route 10 in the town of Schroeppel Wednesday afternoon for a report of a man who was acting erratically and swinging a hatchet at passing motorists.

The deputies ordered 55-year-old James Rogers of Pennellville to drop the weapon, but officials say he failed to comply. The deputies used pepper spray on Rogers when he moved toward them.

The injured deputies were treated and released from the hospital.

The charges against Rogers include aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. It couldn’t be determined if he had a lawyer.

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