June 30, 2014 11:53 am
Updated: June 30, 2014 7:35 pm

WATCH: Ordinary citizens rush to help police officer under attack


Under normal circumstances, it’s the police who arrive on the scene of a violent confrontation, helping to restore order and make sure nobody is seriously hurt.

But when one Franklin, Ohio police officer found himself in decidedly  abnormal circumstances, a little bit of role reversal likely provided a big relief.

On Saturday afternoon, officers say they were dispatched to a burglary in progress.

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According to Franklin Police, officers were checking the area of the burglary when one of them spotted 41-year-old Franklin resident Charles Cole.

They say that while the officer was trying to interview Cole, he became verbally aggressive and then assaulted the officer.

That’s when two citizens came to the officer’s assistance, helping the officer take Cole into custody.

Investigators say Cole was transported to the hospital where he was admitted for a 72-hour evaluation.

The officer was transported to the hospital as well, where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

The two citizens who helped out have been identified as 33-year-old Benjamin Lawson and 19-year-old Levi Miniard, both from Franklin.

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