Scott Schaffer
Scott Schaffer

A 32-year-old Hanover man stabbed his father to death, then decapitated the man in his home at 190 Stock St. Thursday night because he wanted to go to prison, police said.

Hanover Police say they have arrested Scott Anthony Schaffer, of Hanover, shortly after 9:30 p.m. The York County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as the suspect's father, 62-year-old Steven Schaffer.

Police said they arrested Scott Anthony Schaffer after a 911 call in which a male said he had murdered his father.

When officers arrived, they found Schaffer on the front porch, waiting for police. He was found with blood on his hands and clothing and a knife in his possession, police said.

The elder Schaffer was found dead inside the residence from multiple stab wounds and a "catastrophic injury to his neck," police said.

The younger man was later interviewed and confessed to the killing "in hopes he would go to prison," police said.

Chief Dwayne Smith said the father and son did not live together, but he declined to say whether the father lived alone. The son, who also lives in the borough, had his own access to the residence, Smith said.

Steven Schaffer was not asleep at the time of the attack, the chief said.

Smith declined to say whether there was a history of domestic issues at the house.

"We knew of Scott ... but I can't say or disclose that we had any major issues with him," Smith said.

According to charging documents, the younger Schaffer, of 447 Spring Brook Court, told police he bought a knife earlier in the day and killed his father, then decapitated him.

He was arraigned Friday morning and charged with first- and third-degree murder. He was being taken York County Prison.

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