Suspect accused of Tasing officers

Jeffrey Portis (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Jeffrey Portis (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

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SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Two Springfield Township Police officers are recovering after getting tased, while trying to take-down a suspect early Thursday morning.

Police call the suspect dangerous and is still out there. Police last saw 20-year-old Jeffrey Portis near the intersection of Compton and Winton Roads around 3am Thursday.

And, while trying to make a positive I.D. on Portis, officers said he got violent.

Springfield Township Police already had Portis in the back seat of their cruiser and had just confirmed he was already wanted from a police chase in the West End on Dayton Street, from October 28th.

"He did have an open warrant," said Lieutenant Colonel Robert Browder with the Springfield Township Police Department. "They went to arrest him and a physical struggle ensued."

Police told him to get out of the vehicle.

"Our officers went to handcuff Mr. Portis," Browder said. "At which time he began physically fighting with them."

He said it was a fight that quickly became an intense, physical struggle...

Police said Portis cooperated at first, but then things got ugly.

"One of our officers tased Mr. Portis," Browder said. "It had no effect."

Portis and the two officers became entangled and actually rolled into the street. Luckily, there wasn't much traffic that early in the morning, at what is normally a bustling intersection.

"They were struggling," Browder said. "All three of them rolling around on the ground, at which point, Mr. Portis wrestled the taser away from one of the officers and actually engaged it and tased both officers."

Browder said Portis tased the first officer.

"In the head?," we asked. "In the head," Browder nodded yes as he replied.

Police said Portis then turned the weapon on the second officer and also tased him in the head, disabling, but not injuring them any further.

"It's important to bear in mind," Browder said. "That when you're in a physical struggle, that you may not get the exact contact that needs to be made."

In taser training, officers can volunteer for a "taste".

"It's strictly, strictly voluntary," Browder said. "Have you ever had it?," we asked. "Actually, I did and it's not something I would volunteer for a second time."

So, imagine getting tased at full-strength, to your head.

Police K-9 Units arrested Portis in that prior break-in. We're told serious injuries he sustained to his crotch, a severe dog bite from the K-9 officer, landed him in the hospital.

Police suspect Portis slipped-away from the hospital, before being taken to jail.

Which brings us up to the search for him right now.

Browder tells said violent crime is down 13-percent this year in Springfield Township.

Both of the tased officers suffered minor injuries but did not have to be hospitalized.

If you think you know where Jeffrey Portis is right now, call CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040. His last known address is on Kirby Road in Mt. Airy.

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