NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are planning to charge a North Providence man with domestic homicide after they say he stabbed his father to death.
Police said Clark Murray Jr., 40, fatally stabbed his father, Clark Murray Sr., 70, inside their home on Gale Court Tuesday afternoon.
According to police, officers responded to the home around 5 p.m., where they found Clark Sr. unresponsive on the first floor. After searching the house further, police said officers found Clark Jr. suffering from stab wounds to his neck and throat.
Investigators believe Clark Jr. stabbed himself after stabbing his father.
“There was an officer who was on scene who was in the house and actually saw him holding the knife in his neck area,” Deputy Chief Arthur Martins said. “We’re fairly confident that we know what occurred within that house.”
Clark Jr. was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he remains in serious condition and under police guard. Martins said they don’t plan to formally charge Clark Jr. until he is conscious and aware of his surroundings.
A neighbor tells Eyewitness News the incident may have started with a dispute that eventually turned violent. Martins would not elaborate on a possible fight but did tell Eyewitness News officers were called to the home in question for a domestic disturbance earlier in the year.
“He and his son they get into fights a lot,” Neighbor Tiffany Diosa said. “They argue a lot, so that’s really all we know, I know my mom and my brother say they hear them actually yelling at each other sometimes.”
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) released a statement regarding the incident, saying no person or relationship is immune to domestic violence and it is important to recognize the warning signs before it’s too late.
“As we mourn another tragic loss this year, as friends, colleagues, neighbors and bystanders, we must continue to educate ourselves on the dynamics of abuse and the steps we can take to intervene to prevent domestic violence in our communities,” the statement reads.