Summerville father's stabbing death by son stuns neighbors

Charles Ross (Summerville Police)

Emergency vehicles covered the cul-de-sac on Bayberry Run in Summerville late Monday night. The crime scene startled those who live in the Laurel Hill neighborhood.

"We've never had problems out here in the neighborhood. So it was kind of a shock to everybody," said Mike Brooks, who lives nearby.

He watched as police arrested 56-year-old Charles Ross on Monday night.

Brooks said he had seen the man outside doing yard work just hours before.

"He was out cutting some tree limbs and stuff and piling them up for debris to be hauled off this morning. That was about 6:30 last night. Everything was normal," he said.

A little later, police say Ross stabbed his father to death. Wilson Ross, 74, lived at the home with his wife. Neighbors say the couple had health problems, and their son moved in a few months ago to help them.

"On Sunday mornings, you'd see them getting up going to church before she got sick and couldn't go anywhere. I mean real nice folks. You couldn't ask for better neighbors,” he said.

Now, neighbors are wondering what could have led a son to possibly commit a violent act against his father inside their family's home.

Summerville Police said a 911 call came in from 226 Bayberry Run in reference to a stabbing. The caller advised dispatch that he had just stabbed his father.

Officers arrived and found Charles Ross sitting in a chair in the garage.

The suspect was compliant and was immediately detained. The suspect’s father was located inside the residence. He was found unresponsive with multiple stab wounds.

"I'm sure there's probably an answer to it. But it’s something we're not going to know for awhile," Brooks said.

Another neighbor told ABC News 4 the victim's wife has severe dementia and may not understand what happened. Charles Ross is being held at the Dorchester County Detention Center awaiting bond hearing for murder.

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