UCPD: Police officer attacked not far from Clifton campus

CINCINNATI -- A longtime campus police officer is recovering after being attacked Sunday afternoon while trying to help a person who claimed to be a victim of an assault.

The incident happened at about 3:15 p.m. in front of a parking garage at W. McMillan and S. Market streets, not far from the University of Cincinnati campus in Clifton.

UC Officer David Freudiger was driving along W. McMillan when a person flagged him down, alleged they had been attacked and asked for help. When the officer got out of his vehicle, a second person approached and began punching him in the face, according to a lieutenant with the University of Cincinnati Police Department.

Additional officers were called to the scene and the incident was broken up.

A student in the area told WCPO she was shocked to hear what happened.

"You want to think that police officers have authority and have some respect, that people just wouldn't want to do that to them. But I guess sometimes stuff happens and hopefully this situation's being taken care of," Sydney Ashe said.

Freudiger, a 15-year veteran of the campus police force, was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The suspect in this incident was also transported to UCMC with unspecified injuries. They'll be transferred to the Hamilton County Justice Center upon being released from the hospital.

The original assault for which the officer was flagged down is also being investigated.

No other information is available.

WCPO will update this story as information is released.

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