Hasbrouck Heights Landlord Faces Murder Charges, Accused of Killing Tenant
Police in Hasbrouck Heights NJ are investigating the circumstances of fatal shooting involving a landlord and his tenant.
According to law enforcement, the 58-year-old suspect was a tenant in a home on Passaic Street in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.
The deadly incident happened at the home. The 83-year-old suspect, who lived in the upstairs of the house, reportedly became involved in a heated verbal argument with the victim. The dispute became increasingly contentious and allegedly culminated in the suspect pulling out a .38-caliber handgun and fatally shooting the victim once in the chest.
After allegedly firing the gunshot, the suspect dialed 911 and contacted local police in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.
When police officers showed up at the residence, they found the victim’s body inside the residence. Police officers also found the suspect sitting upstairs and allegedly holding a .38-caliber handgun.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with murder.
If the suspect is eventually convicted of homicide, he would face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is the most serious criminal offense in the New Jersey Criminal Code. A conviction on first degree murder charges could result in life imprisonment in NJ State Prison, with a minimum term of incarceration of 30 years.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was transported to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the correctional facility in lieu of $750,000 bail.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Landlord Charged with Shooting Tenant to Death During Dispute.”