Dad killed while on Zoom call in Long Island home, son arrested

AMITYVILLE, Long Island (WABC) -- Police arrested a man who allegedly killed his father as he was participating in a Zoom video conference call with people watching.

The incident was reported around noon Thursday at a residence on Dixon Avenue.

Suffolk County police say the 72-year-old victim, Dwight Powers, was on a video chat with about 20 people when he was stabbed by his 33-year-old son.

Police say people on the video chat noticed the man fall and became concerned. Then they saw another person, who appeared to be naked, on the screen.

"Bedsheets were being ripped off the bed by a gentleman who appeared to be naked as well as bald and he had a tattoo on his left arm, and then he placed the bedsheets on the floor as if he was covering something up," said a witness to the crime who did not want to be identified.

One of the participants called police but they didn't know where the victim lived. It took the other participants about 10-15 minutes to figure out his name and address.

By the time police responded to the scene, they say the son answered the door, slammed it on them and then jumped out the window.

He was caught about a mile away. He was later identified as Thomas Scully-Powers and was taken to Suffolk County Police Headquarters.

Scully-Powers was charged with 2nd-degree murder. He was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries he suffered after he jumped out the window.

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