Son 'kills father' during Zoom chat in NY state

Clay Curtis
May 23, 2020

A statement by the Suffolk County Police Department, said "the father, Dwight Powers, 72, had been participating in the Zoom call at his home on Dixon Avenue in Amityville, N.Y., just after noon on Thursday when he was attacked by his son Thomas Scully-Powers", the report said.

He was held within an hour after chat guests had called the police. He said witnesses recounted watching Powers fall and hearing heavy breathing over the call. Lt. Kevin Beyrer, commanding officer of the homicide unit, told Newsday that the witnesses did not actually see the son stab Powers.

The fatal stabbing of Powers appears to be the first slaying to occur on a Zoom chat during the coronavirus pandemic.

A Long Island man was arrested after Suffolk County Police say he stabbed his father to death on a video call while others watched Thursday afternoon.

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Police quickly apprehended him nearby, they said. Police reported a "nick" on Scully-Powers' wrist.

Scully-Powers was briefly hospitalized for minor injuries sustained from his leap out the window in Amityville, located approximately 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of Manhattan.

After his arrest, Scully-Powers told police he stabbed his father approximately 15 times in the back, neck and torso, switching knives because the blades were bending, according to prosecutors.

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