State trooper accused of holding knife to wife's neck during argument

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EAST BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. —

A Pennsylvania State trooper is facing charges after police said he held a knife to his wife’s neck during an argument at their Washington County home.

Authorities said Marc Packrall is suspended without pay following the alleged incident Tuesday morning in East Bethlehem Township.

East Bethlehem police Chief Mark Pomp said he responded to Packrall’s wife’s call. He said she told him that she and her husband got into an argument on the deck outside their home, and that Packrall pulled out a pocket knife and placed it on her neck.

“The individual called us and said she was threatened with a knife to her throat,” Pomp said.

According to the criminal complaint, Packrall’s wife told investigators that she feared for her life and felt threatened.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a trooper or whatever your occupation is. An incident like this is dealt with immediately,” Pomp said.

Pomp said his office has never gotten calls to the Packrall house before.

“We were never called there before. I know both of them very well. It was a hard one to deal with, but again, somebody’s life was threatened so we have to take care of it,” Pomp said.

Packrall is facing charges of terroristic threats and harassment. He was arraigned and released on $25,000 bond. He faces a preliminary hearing on May 6.