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Man accused of choking deputy indicted on 4 counts, including attempted murder

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Posted at 11:12 AM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 11:12:11-04

CINCINNATI -- Additional charges were handed down to the man accused of choking a Hamilton County deputy, the prosecutor's office said Tuesday.

Police said Jeffery Cooper, 29, attacked Deputy Michael Schneider, 36, earlier this month in the lobby of a Columbia Township Days Inn while Schneider was attempting to resolve a domestic dispute between Cooper and a woman.

Cooper punched Schneider and put him in a choke hold that caused him to lose consciousness for a period of time, according to court documents.

Deputy William Cruz stunned Cooper with a Taser, and he was taken into custody.

Cooper was initially charged with attempted murder and felonious assault; another felonious assault charge and one count of aggravated robbery were added to the indictment, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Tuesday.

“Deputy Schneider is lucky to be alive," Deters said in a news release. "This is yet another reminder of the dangerous situations our first responders face every time they respond to a call."