A 32-year-old man on Long Island was arrested and charged with murder on Thursday after fatally stabbing his father while he was in a Zoom video chat with about 20 people, authorities said.
The father, 72-year-old Dwight Powers, took part in the Zoom call at his Dixon airline home in Amityville, New York, just after noon on Thursday when he was attacked by his son Thomas Scully-Powers, the Sufflock County Police Department said. declaration.
Some participants in the meeting may have witnessed part of the attack, the spokesman said, adding that police had received a description of the son from people who were on call.
The spokesman declined to comment on the type of meeting being held.
Newsday reported that there were about 20 other people in the video call, which police confirmed later Thursday night.
“They just noticed him fall off the screen and then heard heavy breathing,” said Detective Lt. Kevin Beyrer of the Suffolk County Homicide Squad. told Newsday. “It was awful that they had to witness that.”
Several participants in the Zoom video conference, called 911, and police found and arrested Mr Scully-Powers in less than an hour, authorities said. A police spokesman said more staff were needed to find Mr Scully-Powers because the people in the meeting did not know where Mr Powers lived.
Amityville is a village in the city of Babylon, about 40 miles east of Manhattan.
Lieutenant Beyrer told Newsday that the motive for the stabbing was still being investigated, but there was no evidence that it was linked to the coronavirus pandemic. It was not clear how many times Mr. Powers had been stabbed by his son, he added.
Mr Scully-Powers was injured when he jumped out of the second floor of the window of the house where he and his father lived and was transported to a hospital to recover, police said. Online records show that the home is an apartment in a community for the elderly.
Late Thursday night, the area around the complex was blocked for traffic by police vehicles whose red flights flashed across the gloomy sky. A warning tape separated the street from nearby parking lots.
Police say Mr Scully-Powers has been charged with second-degree murder and will be arrested after being discharged from hospital.
Neil Wigdor and Ariel Dolinger contributed with reports.