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JPSO: Man kills father, stabs mother in fight over food

JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

A Mississippi man visiting family in unincorporated Gretna stabbed his father to death and wounded his mother Wednesday in an argument over food at his parents' home, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

The incident occurred at around 7:20 p.m. in the 800 block of Bellemeade Boulevard. First-responding officers located the female victim near a staircase on the first floor of a home. She had multiple stab wounds to the head.

Officers were then directed to an upstairs bedroom where they located a male victim, identified as Percival Pritchett, 58. He sustained multiple stab wounds to the chest. He was taken to Ochsner Hospital Westbank, where he was pronounced dead.

The female victim, identified as Renta Pritchett, 57, was transported to University Hospital. Her condition is not known.

A preliminary investigation revealed that earlier in the evening, Ronald Pritchett, 32, of Purvis, Miss., was visiting with his parents when an argument ensued over food items. According to other family members who were present in the home, the suspect became enraged, armed himself with a knife and went to confront his parents.

Upon discovering their bedroom door locked, Ronald Pritchett kicked open the door and began stabbing both his mother and his father. 

Ronald Pritchett fled from the home in his father's 1997 Chevrolet Suburban, tan in color, bearing Louisiana license YJS758. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ronald Pritchett or the 1997 Chevrolet Suburban is asked to contact the JPSO Homicide Division at 504-364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. 

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