Son 'kills father' during Zoom video chat in NY state

Son 'kills father' during Zoom video chat in NY state

A 32-year-old NY man has been arrested and charged with murder after allegedly stabbing his father to death during a Zoom conference call, local officials say.

A Long Island man was stabbed to death by his adult son Thursday while on a Zoom video chat, police said, leading to 911 calls from people who watched the horror unfold on their screens.

Several participants in the virtual chat called emergency authorities, police said.

"People thought he might have been attacked", a police spokesperson said.

Dwight Powers, 72, was busy attending the meeting at his Amityville home when his son, Thomas Scully-Powers, 32, burst into the scene and launched the fatal attack. One witness, who was not identified, calls what they saw freaky.

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The suspect was taken to hospital and has been charged with second-degree murder, police said in a statement.

Scully-Powers jumped out of a window to avoid arrest, but was captured a short while later trying to wash himself off with Dr. Pepper stolen from a nearby deli, Newsday reported. If convicted, Scully-Powers faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

District attorney Tim Sini said Scully-Powers told police he stabbed his father about 15 times and used several knives because the blades kept bending.

Once they figured out the victim's name and address, they called 911.

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