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Kentucky Officer Beaten With His Own Flashlight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --

An officer is in the hospital after police said he was attacked by a suspect about 4 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of South 10th Street.

Police said an officer was responding to a report of a man who was asleep in front of a building.

"He was laying there asleep. I saw the police waking him up to a rude awakening," said Terrance Hughley, a neighbor who said he witnessed the incident.

When the officer woke the man, whom neighbors said was homeless, he started attacking the officer.

"I couldn't hear what was said, but I know he had to have said something wrong to the homeless man because the homeless man wouldn't have gotten offensive like he was," said Ashley Anderson, another neighbor.

Police said the man took the officer’s flashlight and began beating the officer with it.

Another officer arrived soon after and helped subdue the man by using a Taser on him several times.

The officer suffered injuries to his face and may have a broken nose.

The man suffered minor injuries and was also taken to the hospital.

Several neighbors said the man is homeless and wasn't bothering anyone.

"He was just a homeless man laying on the side of the street, not bothering nobody. So I don't feel like he deserved that type of treatment from the officers of Louisville," Anderson said.

Police said the man will be facing a charge of third-degree assault at the minimum.

The names of the officer and the man have not yet been released.

The officer is expected to recover from his injuries.

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