- The Washington Times - Monday, September 10, 2012

A man was beaten in the face with a baseball bat by his cousin during a fight Sunday afternoon in Southwest, according to police.

The men were arguing over something that was said earlier in the week at a funeral for the victim’s mother, according to a Metropolitan Police Department report.

Gary Offutt, 50, left the argument to retrieve a baseball bat and returned to fight his cousin, who was not identified. The two began fighting in an alley behind the unit block of O Street Southwest, with Mr. Offutt swinging the bat at the other man.

The victim told Mr. Offutt to put the bat down and “fight like a man,” the report states. Mr. Offutt then put the bat down, at which point the victim was able to pin him on the ground and told Mr. Offutt he didn’t want to hurt him. As this was happening, Mr. Offutt’s son pulled the other man off his father. When Mr. Offutt got back up, he picked up the bat and struck his cousin in the face with it. The blow split the man’s lip.

Other people from the neighborhood were able to break up the fight. Mr. Offutt and his son left the area when police arrived on the scene around 2:25 p.m. Sunday. The victim suffered only minor injuries and declined medical treatment.

The younger man, a 34-year-old, was not named.