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.