Sheriff's deputy choked unconscious at Columbia Twp. Days Inn, court records say

Posted at 7:01 PM, May 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-07 10:58:13-04

CINCINNATI -- Police arrested a man on charges of felonious assault and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer after he choked a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy until he was unconscious Saturday afternoon, court documents say.

Police said Jeffery Cooper, 29, attacked Deputy Michael Schneider, 36, in the lobby of a Days Inn at 1:12 p.m. Saturday 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.

Jeffery Cooper, of Norwood, is accused of felonious assault and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer after he punched and choked a sheriff's deputy Saturday afternoon, police said.

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

Schneider was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

A 911 caller said Cooper was upset and refused to give a woman her belongings after they separated.

“There’s this ... guy that was dating my sister, he won’t give her her things back so we can get out of here. He’s being very irate,” the caller said.

Minutes later, a different 911 caller reported that someone was hitting an officer.

“Can you please send cops right now? Somebody’s … somebody’s hitting a cop,” the caller said.

Cooper is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center, and he is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Monday.

Schneider has worked with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office since 2000.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information should call Hamilton County Sheriff's Criminal Investigative Section at (513) 851-6000 or Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.