Now that everyone is on lockdown, video calls are in-demand. Zoom, particularly, is being used by many Americans to stay updated on families, friends, co-workers, and groups they’re associated with. However, a different scenario happened in Long Island, New York, wherein a murder was caught exactly on a Zoom call, watched by 20 people.
Dwight Powers, a 72-year-old man from Long Island, New York, reportedly gets killed by his own son in a virtual meeting on Thursday, May 21.
According to ABC News, Suffolk County Police Department told the media that around 12 p.m. of Thursday at the Powers residence, the old man was caught on a Zoom call being allegedly stabbed by his own son.
“We don’t know what they witnessed. There were a number of people on this conference call,” police told the paper.
Witnesses said that they were under an ongoing Zoom call when the old man suddenly fell from his seat. After this, they saw a man– which allegedly was the son– hiding something using the bedsheets and put it on the floor.
“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 incident who did not want to be identified, WABC reported.
The live murder was watched by 20 people on the ongoing Zoom call. All of them didn’t know who the old man was or where he lived. Several calls on 911 were reported after they saw the murder, but authorities only found his home after 10 to 15 minute-long.
“They all did the right thing,” Suffolk County Police Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer, commanding officer of the homicide unit, told Newsday. “They were all concerned about their friend. It was horrible that they had to witness this.”
After police authorities found the Powers residence, the son, Thomas Scully-Powers, 32, reached the door but then slammed it to the policemen. The son tried to escape through jumping out in a window.
The suspect was caught running a mile away from his house. Thomas was brought in to the police department and was charged with 2nd-degree murder.
Since he jumped in a window, he experienced minor injuries that made the police transport him to a nearby local hospital.
Authorities said that they will still investigate the suspect and will conduct interviews on other possible witnesses around the time when the murder was committed.
It was also not clear by the authorities on what kind of Zoom meeting was conducted by the group, wherein Powers joined in.
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