According to Bergen County prosecutors, the 58-year-old suspect was a tenant in a home located on Passaic Street in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.
The deadly shooting happened at the residence. The 83-year-old suspect, who resided upstairs in the house, allegedly got into a heated verbal argument with the victim. The dispute escalated and led to the suspect allegedly pulling out a .38-caliber handgun.
Law enforcement said that the suspect then fatally shot the victim once in the chest.
Shortly after the shooting, the suspect dialed 911 and notified local Hasbrouck Heights police.
When police officers arrived at the residence, they found the victim’s body in the rear of the house. Meanwhile, police discovered the suspect sitting upstairs. According to authorities, the suspect had a .38-caliber handgun.
The suspect was subsequently arrested and charged with murder.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the homicide charges, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is the most serious offense in the NJ Criminal Code. A conviction for first degree murder could result in life imprisonment, with a minimum term of incarceration of 30 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was moved to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He was being held at the jail on a $750,000 bail amount.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Landlord Charged with Shooting Tenant to Death During Dispute.”