Hasbrouck Heights NJ Landlord Charged with Murder, Allegedly Shot and Killed Tenant
Hasbrouck Heights police are investigating the fatal shooting of a local man who was allegedly embroiled in a heated argument with his landlord.
According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the 58-year-old suspect lived as a tenant in a house located on Passaic Street in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.
The deadly incident occurred at the residence. The 83-year-old suspect, who lived upstairs in the home, allegedly got into a heated altercation with the victim. The argument escalated and led to the suspect allegedly grabbing a .38-caliber handgun.
Authorities said that the suspect then shot the victim once in the chest.
After the shooting, the suspect dialed 911 and alerted local Hasbrouck Heights police.
When police got to the residence, they discovered the victim’s body in the rear of the home. Meanwhile, police found the suspect sitting upstairs. According to law enforcement, the suspect was in possession of a .38-caliber handgun.
The suspect was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with murder.
If the suspect is convicted on the homicide charges, he faces severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is the most serious crime in the NJ Criminal Code. A conviction for first degree murder could lead to a life sentence in state prison, with a minimum term of incarceration of 30 years.
After being charged and processed, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $750,000 bail.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Landlord Charged with Shooting Tenant to Death During Dispute.”