Police say one man knocked another out in front of a Fort Mill school on Tuesday, after heading there to pick up his child.
According to the police report, the incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. in front of Fort Mill Middle School. It was about an hour after school let out for the day. The man who threw the punch called police to report it, but wasn’t charged. In fact, the police report lists him, the man who threw the punch, as the victim in the incident.
The man who was knocked out is a 58-year-old. He was incoherent and unable to describe what happened to officers at the scene, leaving them with the account from the 25-year-old who called them. Both men are town residents.
According to the police report, the men were in traffic on Tom Hall Street when the older man began honking his horn aggressively and waving his hands at the younger one. The younger man offered an obscene gesture before traveling north on Springfield Parkway toward the school, where he was heading to pick up his daughter. The older man allegedly followed him, the younger one told police, according to the report.
Both got out of their vehicles at the entrance to the school. They approached each other, at which point the younger man said the older grabbed his face and throat. Claiming self defense, the younger man punched the other in the face. The older man fell and hit his head on the ground. The younger man called police and had to make sure the other man was still breathing, the report states.
Police noticed a laceration on the younger man’s hand, but no apparent injury to his face or throat. He already had been treated by emergency responders when police arrived.
The older man was still on the ground being treated by emergency responders when police arrived. He had blood coming from a deep laceration on his lip. His shirt was ripped, and he wasn’t able to answer any questions from police. He was transported to Piedmont Medical Center for treatment.