PRESS RELEASE, 5/16/2017

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces attempted murder indictment in attack on Hamilton County Deputy

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Norwood resident Jeffrey L. Cooper Jr. (DOB 9/8/87) on charges of 1 count of Attempted Murder (Felony 1), 2 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 1), and 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1).    If convicted of all charges, Cooper faces the possibility of over 33 years in prison.

Cooper is charged with attacking Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Schneider on May 6th.   The deputy was responding to the Days Inn located at 5410 Ridge Road in Columbia Township at approximately 1:15 p.m. for a domestic dispute.  The deputy attempted to talk with Cooper in an effort to get him to return a phone that belonged to a female with whom he was arguing.  Deputy Schneider was approximately 8 feet away from Cooper when Cooper moved toward the deputy and attacked him.  Cooper was able to place the deputy in a choke hold and throw him to the ground.  Deputy Schneider was unconscious for some period of time.  An additional officer arrived on the scene while Cooper was still choking Deputy Schneider.  Cooper refused to comply with demands to step away from the deputy and he was tased 1 time and then taken into custody.

The deputy was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for a pseudo aneurysm and hospitalized for 3 days.  He still requires medical treatment for his injuries.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said, “During National Police Week we’re reminded of all of our fellow law enforcement who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Countless others have faced life and death situations coming within breaths of dying. Deputy Mike Schneider refused to give up when facing a vicious attack on his life and should be commended.  The safety of each and every one of my deputies is personal to me, and I expect justice to be served.”

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “Deputy Schneider is lucky to be alive.  He responded to a domestic dispute call and tried to resolve the matter by talking with the people involved which we would want him to do.  Cooper, without warning, attacked the deputy.  He was able to get the deputy in a choke hold and almost killed him. This is yet another reminder of the dangerous situations our first responders face every time they respond to a call.  The public is always mindful of officers’ use of force, as well they should be, yet this situation reminds us that more often than not it is the first responder who is at great risk.”