A Mississippi man has killed his father and stabbed his mother after a fast food dispute, police officers have revealed.
Purvis resident Ronald Pritchett, 32 years old, had decided to spend Thanksgiving Day alongside his parents, 58-year old Percival and 57-year old Renitta. As a result, in anticipation of the holiday, he had traveled to their home in Gretna, the parish seat of Jefferson Parish, in Louisiana.
Apparently, as they were having dinner on Wednesday night, an argument broke out over the fact that the couple had contacted a restaurant to have fast food delivered at their house, and had failed to order a portion for their son as well. The confrontation, which had initially seemed just a petty quarrel, rapidly escalated.
Fearing the worst, Renitta and Percival locked themselves in an upstairs bedroom, but Pritchett had already grabbed hold of a knife and managed to break the door, in order to attack them.
After fatally injuring his dad, and stabbing his mother as well, the perpetrator fled the residence, in a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban, which his father owned.
According to Colonel John Fortunato, spokesperson of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, when first responders arrived at the scene, they discovered that Percival Pritchett had sustained several deep stab wounds to his chest.
In contrast, Renitta Pritchett had suffered minor head injuries, which didn’t appear to pose a risk to her survival and recovery.
The victims were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, but Percival had been so brutally wounded, that he was pronounced dead soon afterwards.
On the other hand, Renitta was treated for her non-life-threatening injuries, and has since been released from hospital, according to Aleis Tusa, representative of the University Medical Center.
Ronald Pritchett was located by law enforcement on Thursday, November 26, shortly following his return back to Purvis, Mississippi. He had been staying with some relatives, and was found in a guest house from which he refused to emerge, upon being summoned by police officers.
Due to the fact that the fugitive had resisted arrest, after making sure that everyone else had left the building, deputies released dogs inside, so as to facilitate Pritchett’s capture. Eventually, the suspect came out, after suffering several minor bites, and has been taken into custody.
He is currently being detained at Lamar County Jail, but given that he is outside the jurisdiction where his crimes have been convicted, it is expected that on Monday, November 30 he will be transferred to Jefferson Parish.
He is facing several charges, including second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, as well as motor vehicle theft.
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