The Citadel’s lacrosse club coach was arrested early Tuesday after a fight in a Waffle House parking lot.

Garett Rosecrans, 33, of Broad Street, was charged with second-degree assault and battery and released on his own recognizance.

Here’s what happened, according to the report:

A Charleston police officer was driving by the Waffle House at 325 Savannah Highway (the one by the round Holiday Inn) shortly after 2:30 a.m. and noticed people yelling at each other in the parking lot.

As the officer drove closer, he noticed one man bleeding heavily from his face, leaning against the railing. Three people were holding a man later identified as Rosecrans against the restaurant’s wall.

A witness told police Rosecrans hit the man who was bleeding because the man was harassing him.

The 44-year-old man told police he was eating inside the restaurant when Rosecrans and a friend walked in and became “rude and offensive” to the staff. The man told Rosecrans and his friend he didn’t like the way they were acting. Rosecrans asked if the man wanted to take the issue outside.

As soon as the man got outside, Rosecrans started hitting him in the face, the man told police. He said Rosecrans hit him about nine times, pushed him to the ground, then hit him three more times. At this point, off-duty Mount Pleasant police officers identified themselves and intervened.

Rosecrans told police he felt threatened after he went outside. He said the man was standing close to him and being intimidating and he hit him in self-defense because he “feared for his safety.”

The Mount Pleasant officers said they were eating, noticed a disturbance outside and saw Rosecrans hitting the other man in the face.

A waitress told officers the victim was the one who started the trouble. She said he comes into the Waffle House every Monday night “and is a nuisance.”

Employees told officers the restaurant has an exterior camera that would have recorded the incident and the manager would provide investigators with the footage later.

The man was taken to Medical University Hospital, where initial examination showed he had a fractured nose, according to the report.

Rosecrans was booked into the Charleston County jail and released on his own recognizance, according to attorney David Aylor.

Aylor contends that the other man instigated the fight and Rosecrans was defending himself.

Rosecrans volunteers at The Citadel and is not paid, spokeswoman Charlene Gunnells said.

He goes around the country in the summer teaching lacrosse to children, according to Aylor.

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NOTE: Because of a clerical error on the jail’s website, a previous version of this story misstated the charge and the bail.

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