Roger Washburn was arrested after the Friday night argument.
Photo: Johnson County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Argument over Bruno Mars song leads to assault, arrest

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An Indiana man was arrested for battery and criminal recklessness after a dispute over a Bruno Mars song, WXIN reported.

Roger Washburn, 71, is charged with hitting a friend in the face with a pistol, the television station reported. The gun discharged during the argument but no one was hurt, police said.

According to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, late Friday night Washburn and two friends began arguing over whether a certain song was performed by Mars. One man, who told police that they have all been friends for 50 years, said he told Washburn the song was performed by Mars and that Washburn disagreed, the Indianapolis Star reported.

The argument escalated after the victim proved the song was indeed a Mars number. The man told police Washburn then pulled out a .38 revolver and hit him in the forearm and right cheek, WXIN reported, causing the revolver to discharge.

It was unclear what song was being debated.

The victim left and reported the incident several hours later, the television station reported.

According to the police report, the victim had “a small gouge on his right cheek, blood on his pants, shirt and a red abrasion on his right forearm.” 

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