GREENWOOD, Indiana — For many, the songs of Bruno Mars brings a smile to their face — but not for Roger Washburn.
Police say a song on the radio by the “Uptown Funk” singer drove the 71-year-old Washburn to pistol whip his friend of over 50 years in a fight over who actually sang the tune.
The victim reported to cops that he and Washburn got into a vigorous debate last week over the Mars song, which Washburn insisted was written by someone else.
When the man showed Washburn proof that it was indeed a Bruno Mars song, the argument grew more heated until Washburn pulled a gun.
The victim then called Washburn a “chicken (expletive)” to which Washburn responded by cracking him across the face with the pistol, the Indianapolis Star reported.
That caused the gun to go off, and when Washburn swung again at the victim, but missed, it went off a second time, cops say. No one was hurt.
The police report does not name the Bruno Mars song the men were arguing about.
The victim and another man who witnessed the fight waited several hours before filing a police report, saying they waited because they were so shocked over what had happened they weren’t sure what to do.
Police say Washburn admitted to hitting his friend in the face with his .38 revolver, and was charged with battery and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.