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Cops: Angry Fan Attacks Nephew With Frying Pan, Umbrella After Cowboys Loss

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Mug shot of Derek Gene Woodrow. (credit: York County Sheriff's Office)

Mug shot of Derek Gene Woodrow. (credit: York County Sheriff’s Office)

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ROCK HILL, S.C. (CBS Charlotte) – One South Carolina man didn’t want to watch NBC after the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff hopes went up in smoke – so much so that he was ready to fight his nephew with a frying pan and an umbrella.

Derek Gene Woodrow, 44, was arrested Sunday night for an alleged intoxicated altercation with his nephew that stemmed from his nephew’s refusal to change the channel after the Cowboys loss, a fight that featured an odd array of weapons – from pocket knives to frying pans and umbrellas.

Larry Christopher McAllister, 24, told police that he and Woodrow, his uncle, were watching a football game and had been drinking together Sunday night at a Rock Hill residence, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office police report.

When the Giants beat the Cowboys, 31-14, Woodrow, a Cowboys fan, insisted that McAllister change the channel, screaming and getting in his nephew’s face. When McAllister asked his uncle to get out of his face, Woodrow grabbed McAllister’s head and threw him to the floor before punching his nephew in his nose and above his eye, according to police.

As McAllister escaped his uncle’s grasp and fled the townhome to a parking lot, Woodrow would chase his nephew and try to assault him with a frying pan and an umbrella, according to the police report.

“Larry stated that he told [Woodrow] to stop chasing him and Derek kept trying to assault him with the frying pan and the umbrella,” police stated in the police report.

Facing verbal threats from his uncle and giving up six inches and more than 100 pounds to the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Woodrow, McAllister used his pocket knife to cut across Woodrow’s lower abdomen and hand, later telling police that he had to defend himself.

While Woodrow had to be taken to a local medical facility for treatment of his stab wounds, McAllister refused medical treatment at the scene, according to the police report.

Woodrow faces charges of third-degree assault and battery. York County police determined that McAllister was acting in self-defense.

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