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Good Samaritans Help Officer Being Attacked

Two Good Samaritans helped a Franklin, Ohio police officer who was being attacked by a suspect over the weekend.

Officials said that Benjamin Lawson and Levi Miniard assisted the officer in arresting the man on Saturday afternoon, according to WDTN-TV.

Police were searching the area of Sixth Street after a reported burglary when they spotted the suspect, Charles Cole. Officials said that Cole became verbally aggressive and then assaulted an officer during a fight.

Lawson and Miniard saw the altercation and came to the officer's aid, helping him take Cole into custody.

"A lot of people keep saying I'm a hero and it's really not that," Miniard told the news station. "You don't just watch somebody get beat."

Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman said that while he was happy the two men helped out, it's not something he advises civilians to do.

"These two felt they were able to do it safely and they did do it safely but we'd never ask a citizen to get involved if it's going to risk them or someone else," he said.

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

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

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