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Details Emerge After Son Fatally Stabs Father While On Zoom Chat With 20 Others

The apartment complex on Dixon Avenue in Amityville where the homicide took place.
The apartment complex on Dixon Avenue in Amityville where the homicide took place. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

New details are emerging after the son of a Long Island man was apprehended after allegedly fatally stabbing his father as he was in a Zoom video-chat meeting.

The homicide took place at a Dixon Avenue home in Amityville around noon Thursday, May 21, when Dwight Powers, 72, was fatally stabbed by his 32-year-old son, Thomas Scully-Powers, said Suffolk County Police.

About 20 people were gathered in the Zoom Room for a support group meeting, reportedly for Alcoholics Anonymous, when the stabbing took place, police said.

During the incident, Scully-Powers reportedly appeared naked on the screen, and then his father then fell, an unnamed witness told WABC 7.

"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," a witness told the news channel.

The members in the Zoom Room, which was reported by the Daily Mail to be an AA meeting, didn't know Powers' address so it took a while for someone to notify police of the crime.

Suffolk County Police declined to confirm the group was an AA meeting, but did say it was a support group.

When officers arrived at the home, Scully-Powers allegedly answered the door, slammed it shut, and made his escape through a window.

He was caught about an hour later at Ketcham Avenue and Cedar Street, police said. 

He was taken to a hospital after suffering minor injuries during his escape attempt.

Scully-Powers, who was charged with second-degree murder, is set to be arraigned on Friday, May 22. 

Suffolk County Police said the case will be handled by the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

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