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Two Good Samaritans Step in to Help Ohio Police Officer

Updated: Monday, June 30 2014, 11:23 PM CDT
(WKEF) The Franklin Police Department partners with the community every day to help keep their city a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.  On Saturday, two men partnered with the Franklin Police Department and assisted an officer in apprehending a dangerous criminal.

Officers were dispatched Saturday afternoon to a burglary in progress on Minnick Street. As officers were checking the area of the burglary, the suspect, 41-year-old Charles Cole of Franklin, was spotted by an officer on East 6th Street near Sunnybrook Avenue. While the officer was trying to interview Cole, he became verbally aggressive and then assaulted the officer. The altercation continued for about 30 seconds. That's when two citizens came to the officer's assistance, helping the officer take Cole into custody.

Cole was transported to Atrium Hospital, where he was admitted for a 72-hour evaluation.

The officer was transported to Sycamore Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

Cole will be charged with burglary, assault on a police officer, and obstructing official business.

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

"It is really nice to know that if any of my officers are in danger, our citizens will step up and help an officer. This is just one of many reasons why I love this town," Chief Russ Whitman told us.Two Good Samaritans Step in to Help Ohio Police Officer

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