Rough day at auction for sheriff's deputies

From Daily News reporter Jan Ransom:

A man who invested in a Fishtown warehouse that was up for Sherriff’s sale Tuesday flipped-out and injured two deputy sheriffs, police said.

James Porter, 45, was attending an auction for foreclosed properties at the First District Plaza at 10 a.m. on Market Street near 38th on the second floor ballroom.

But when a warehouse on Frankford Avenue near E. Laurel Street came up for auction at 11:30 a.m. Porter stood-up and began yelling, said Southwest Detectives Lt. John Walker.

Porter ignored orders by a deputy sheriff to calm down and then allegedly threw a deputy sheriff to the floor. Another deputy sheriff approached Porter and he struck them both, Walker said. Uniformed officers were called to the scene and Porter was taken into custody, Walker said.

One deputy sheriff was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for hand injuries and another refused treatment for a shoulder injury.

Porter was charged with aggravated assault, disrupting a public meeting, terroristic threats and related offenses.