A man is charged with killing his father in Monroe County.
Police say the son shot the father at their home in Stroud Township last night.
We learned in court today it happened while the father was fighting with the mother.
20-year-old Nicholas Azzaretto is facing third degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. According to court paperwork police were called to his home on Wisteria Court in Stroud Township just before 11 last night.
Stroud Area Regional Police Chief Jen Lyon says, "Police responded to a report of a son shooting his father."
At the time, Azzaretto’s Father 58-year-old Frank Azzaretto was reported to be breathing but lying unconscious on the kitchen floor.
Monroe County Coroner Thomas Yanac says, "Last night after midnight our office was paged to go to Lehigh Valley Pocono Medical Center for a report of a deceased male in the emergency room."
Police say the incident started with the father and Azzaretto’s mother arguing over a phone bill. The father began pushing the mother, and at some point Azzaretto intervened by trying to calm his father down. The father demanded his son return to his room in the basement and when he didn’t listen, the father pushed him into the basement closing the door behind him. The argument then escalated between the parents with the father pushing the mother and breaking items in the kitchen.
Police say Azzaretto returned from the basement with a shotgun and shot his father in the upper torso area in front of his mother. Azzaretto then unloaded the gun and placed it on the kitchen countertop. He and his mother called 911.
Lyon says, "Upon police arrival, the son had his hands up outside the residence and was taken into custody without incident."
Neighbor Brian Hall tells us the family moved in about two years ago and has never seen police at the residence before. He tells us the situation is just sad all around.
Azzaretto is in jail awaiting his preliminary hearing scheduled for two weeks from now.