Standoff After Man Shoots Father

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SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP --   A man is accused of trying to kill his father, and holding police in a standoff for hours Saturday night.

The man suspected of the standoff, David Pugh, said, " What was the fight over? My missing life. Do you have anything you want to say to your parents? I don't have parents."

Troopers charged Pugh, 45, with attempted homicide after a nearly 8 hour standoff near East Stroudsburg.

Authorities said Pugh got into  an argument with his 80-year-old father over money Saturday morning.

Pugh is accused of hitting his father in the head with a claw hammer. When the father tried to leave the home, Pugh grabbed a gun and fired two shots. One of the shots hit his father's hand.

Sgt. David Peters said, " We do understand, from family, that he does have a history of mental illness, along with the family secured a 302 warrant for David Pugh to get some kind of mental evaluation which will happen as well, but charges will go forth."

Investigators said Pugh's father is being treated in the hospital for the injury to his hand.


  • amy

    He needed mental treatment years ago. Attacked my husband because he thought he stole music he wrote and sold it to the bands playing it. Police called it a mutual fight because he defended himself. He could of got the help he needed then.

  • jen

    And also SRV -you say if something happened to my family-i would change my tune? I have to say it has and no I did not “change my tune” and you really need to get in check with yourself-the more you comment the more you sound like an idiot! Don’t use God and the bible i!n your judgemental comments -who do you think you are? Maybe ypu should go get an evaluation

  • jen

    Well who cares if you have a MBA -I do also and work in the mental health field-you have no idea apparently how these individuals suffer everyday of their lives just to get by another day-who cares how educated ypu are-their are many people I have taken care of over my career who are much more educatd than you and have been afflicted after years of being totally fine their whole lives and all of a sudden they become”ill” so do yourself a favor-put your degree and ignorance away and pray to God and be thankful you are mentally well and pray you stay that way!

  • say what?

    @ srv, since when does having an MBA, Masters of Business Administration, qualify you to diagnose a disease? Stick to doing payroll. You’re actually qualified for that roll. Everyone could some spiritual guidance but, even those who know God get sick. Whether body OR MIND. Show some class.

  • dan

    mental illness is not an “excuse” just like all of this christian babbling has nothing to do with any of this. You can believe in what you want, but denying or slandering others because they dont feel the same way while you claim to be a righteous person is just sad. EVERY HUMAN ALIVE has the capacity to kill somebody and so does every animal, not enough is known about the human brain to know why humans kill other humans and alot of the times “mental illness” has nothing to do with it. I have been declared mentally ill by the state of pa and have worked among the rest of the population without others even knowing (or even caring really) so being “mentally ill” doesnt make you a bad person and has no bearing on whether you would kill somebody or not.

    As i said everybody has the capacity to kill another person, it could be anybody…. maybe somebody posting a comment here will commit murder later in life. Sadly sometimes that time comes to a person with “mental illness” and that is all the media and the public focus on and then trash talk them worse than killers, druggies and other scum of the earth. So my point is this, he DID commit a crime and should be punished for it (as should everybody) but he SHOULD NOT be condemned for living with a challenge that nobody else would understand.

    I do agree that society has changed drastically in the most current generations, everybody is buried in a mobile device and want things instantly. We are no a society of wanting instant gratification and feeling entitled to getting it. If you find a person doing something just to be kind without an underlying agenda it is a very rare sight and often times (sadly) that rare sight will get taken advantage of by the people they are trying to help.

    Do i think society is damned because we are no longer a religious society? No. Society is damned because we are no longer a society of morals or values. You do not need to believe in a deity to be a good person and if you do believe you can still be a bad person. Your god is not your get out of jail free card and shouldnt be used as an excuse.

    • dan

      also, just as gramrose said. “Mental illness” can strike anybody at any time. Just like one of the people looking at this page and leaving comments could commit murder later in life, they could also become mentally ill. Nobody is immune to it and most people have no idea its coming. So hate me for what i am today but dont complain when you are dealing with the same thing tomorrow.

    • say what?

      Perhaps one day someone will a comment like that about you. You shouldn’t comment on things you clearly don’t understand.

  • GramRose

    “SRV” You have spoken the truth…What is happening with people is more than “depression…or I had a lousy life…I was spanked too much as a child…” this is a spiritual illness that goes deep within humans’ souls. Never in my life , which I am in my 60’s now, have I read of such atrocities in the news as we do anymore !!! The news is shocking, numbing, deeply saddening and heart wrenching of what goes on in homes or on the streets ! Horrible & awful things have always happened, but things are getting worse beyond words and normal understanding…. God help the innocent of this world.

    • SRV

      True that! My parents had it very hard compared to some people out there they never would hurt us. It’s like oh I am crazy, let me shoot my dad/wife/son/daghter/cab-driver/teacher/amish school girls/elementary kids, etc…and Jen? IF someone hurt someone YOU loved, let’s see how quick you’re tune would change. You’re the one who is not just ignorant but dangerous giving license to crazy people who kill! Someone like you would hide the worst of fugitives to protect them instead of innocent people. If God didn’t believe in justice there would be no hell and he wouldn’t have told the Isaraelites countless times to go and “kill ’em all!”
      And if jdging weren’t a part of this world we wouldn’t have judges, we wouldn’t have cops, we wouldn’t have courts…what you only read parts of the bible you like?

      • ME

        You sound out there yourself, SRV. If this man has a bona fide mental illness, it is likely the illness that is causing his violence, not that he is a terrible person or away from God or whatever some here think. There is such a thing as mental illness, as in schizophrenia, bipolar, paranoia and each comes with its own set of symptoms. Some people will be violent and a threat to society. Just be glad you aren’t one of them.

  • jen

    I just want to make a comment to the ignorance of srv about the whole mentsl illness concept-you apparently are not very educated to the ddisease at all-it can affect annyone of us at anytime! Who are you to judge and say they are using it for an “excuse”? God is the only one who can judge-you don’t know what that man has gone through -God bless ypu for your ignorance and for him and his family

    • SRV

      au-contraire mon frere! I have an MBA, lived and worked and played in a city of 8 million and worked as a hair-stylist for 20 years, worked with inner-city children for 15 years. So I know people, I know culture(s), creeds, and deeds. Mental illness cannot be an excuse to maim, molest, and/or murder!
      “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

      • say what?

        You sound delusional. I have a PhD. Perhaps, you believe you are a holy being or aliens have visited you and bestowed powers upon you. Seek help and judge not.

      • say what?

        Exactly, what bible are you reading their dresser? Sounds as if all those chemicals have affected the old nut shell. It also sounds like youre trying very hard to make yourself sound smarter than you actually are. Beit das shizkauf. God bless you despite your many failures. Peace to you.

    • GramRose

      I don’t believe SRV is being judgemental in her opinion…just stating the truth of the matter of how society is changing….how spiritually sick people are becoming …the further people get away from things of God , the worse society will become. I do understand about clinical depression and the effects it has on a person…what is happening in peoples lives is a far deeper matter than clinical depression….I believe we ALL can agree life has been changing and not all for the better.

      • SRV

        Thank you for your wisdom and kind words. Even when these violent individuals are “treated,” they do not respond to their treatment. Those lil’ pills don’t fix a thing. They help some people that are despondent cope with what ails them, but there is no fix for people like this guy bent on destruction. They plot in their heads and obsess on violent thoughts and actions for awhile, then act upon it.

  • SRV

    Enough with the “mental illness” excuse for maiming and murdering people! Pedophiles, murderers, abusers, are not sick! They are evil and perhaps suffer from sickness of the soul, or have been turned over to a depraved mind? Hence mental illness. Comparing theft to murder as equated to comparing anxiety or depression to suicde.
    “There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

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