Phila. policeman's son killed at party

February 2, 2009 8:44:11 PM PST
Police say a guest at a Super Bowl party in Northeast Philadelphia picked up a gun left on a table and accidentally shot and killed his host. Philadelphia Police say there were as many as 8 people, including a 5-year-old, at the party when the incident happened.

Homicide Capt. James Clark says 49-year-old Ronald Parncutt is charged with murder. A woman who answered the door at his home Monday said his family did not wish to comment.

Police say Parncutt shot 27-year-old Christopher Donaghy once in the back. Donaghy is the son of a Philadelphia police officer.

Clark says the loaded gun was left on a table by another guest, an off-duty Plymouth Township police officer.

"It's a total tragedy that something like this would happen during a festive time at of the Super Bowl and it's just something that should have never happen," Captain James Clark of the Philadelphia Police said.

The 29-year-old officer, a two and a half year veteran of Plymouth Township, who has not been identified has been placed on adminstrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations.

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