OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City police officer was taken to the hospital to be checked out after fighting with an unruly suspect.
Authorities say the situation started when a man was asked to leave a McDonald's at N.W. 23rd St. and Robinson on Thursday morning after he allegedly caused a disturbance.
"This man previously was told he was not allowed to be on the property, but he was there causing this disturbance," said Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
Minutes later, police spotted the alleged suspect sitting near a bus bench and stopped to talk to him.
"The officer approached him and started asking questions," said Travis Robinson.
Robinson, who had been standing across the street, didn't hear the conversation between the alleged suspect and police, but claims the officer was the first to use force.
"The officer just looked at him and charged at him and choked him and put him on the ground," said Robinson. "The officer grabbed him out of nowhere and the guy started fighting back."
However, authorities say the suspect refused to listen to the officer and the alleged suspect initiated the violence.
"The officer was just there to talk to this man and remind him he's been banned from the property, but the man became aggressive and violent toward the officer," said Wardlow. "That's why the struggle ensued."
Police eventually arrested the alleged suspect, Curtis Cooper, but not before a few citizens who saw the officer wrestling with the suspect jumped in to help.
"They all, like four guys, were jumping on that one black guy. They jumped on him for no apparent reason," said Robinson. "The guy got jumped on by people he didn't know. He's basically defending himself."
Cooper has been arrested multiple times over the years for making false bomb threats.
He was booked into jail on Thursday on charges stemming from the assault.
The officer was taken to the hospital to be treated for possible exposure after the alleged suspect bled on the officer.
Authorities say it is standard policy to make sure the officer doesn't contract an illness.