Man accused of trying to kill deputy called 'extreme danger to society'

Man accused of trying to kill deputy called 'extreme danger to society'

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) – - A $750,000 bond was set for a man accused of trying to kill a Hamilton County sheriff's deputy.

Jeffery Cooper Jr., 29, of Norwood appeared before a judge Monday on charges of attempted murder and felonious assault.

According to court records, Cooper attacked a deputy in the lobby of the Days Inn hotel off Ridge Road in Columbia Township just after 1 p.m. Saturday.

The deputy responded to the hotel to mediate an argument over a cell phone between Cooper and his ex-girlfriend, according to a detective with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office who testified in court.

"At some point, Mr. Cooper was told to either give the phone back or he would have to go to jail, he would be arrested," said a detective with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. "It was a calm conversation."

Cooper is then accused of then turning and attacking the deputy.

"He overwhelmed the deputy, at one point got him onto the ground in a choke hold," said the detective. "Mr. Cooper stated he wasn't gonna stop until the officer stopped. The video shows that the officer was completely incapacitated at the time and could not defend himself."

Cooper told officers he was trained in several different kinds of martial arts.

A second officer arrived at the scene and tried to get Cooper to get off of the deputy, said the detective. He refused and a taser was deployed.

In court, someone with the prosecutor's office called Cooper "an extreme danger to society," and asked for a high bond.

Cooper's attorney said he was honorably discharged from the Army in 2015 and suffers from severe PTSD.

The case is scheduled to go to the grand jury on May 16.

The deputy was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment and admitted to continue receiving medical care.

The deputy's name and updated medical condition was not released.

Sheriff's officials said the deputy, 36, is assigned to the sheriff's District 4 area and has been on the force since December 2000.

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