Clearwater, FL – Two men in Clearwater, Florida reportedly got into a heated argument over Tupac Shakur, resulting in one man going to the hospital and another to jail. According to WFLA 8, the melee occurred last Wednesday (February 27).
The Clearwater Police Department received multiple emergency calls about a battery in progress around 9:45 p.m. local time and when officers arrived to the scene, they discovered a victim with severe facial injuries. In an arrest report, police noted the man’s eyes were swollen shut and he wasn’t able to communicate because he was so intoxicated.
The victim was taken to Morton Plant Hospital by ambulance and treated for a broken nose.
Witnesses allege the man responsible for the assault was a 35-year-old transient named Thomas Statkiewicz, who admitted to “defending” himself and punching the victim more than once after the victim came at him during an argument over the late legendary Hip Hop luminary.
Statkiewicz was arrested for felony battery.