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NYPD: Retired Police Officer in Custody After Shooting Landlord in Head in Greenpoint

A retired police officer shot his landlord in the head Monday in Brooklyn after an argument, according to the city police department. Police said they came across a man lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his head around 2:35 pm. outside a building at 185 Greenpoint Ave. The 45-year-old victim was taken to a local hospital, where he is in critical condition. Police say they convinced Gene Barrett, 51, to turn himself in after he barricaded himself inside the building where he lives following the shooting. Two guns were recovered at the scene, according to the city police department. Barrett was charged Monday night with attempted murder. A man NY1 spoke with said Barrett often complained he was being harassed by his landlord. "He says that his landlord hired people to do bad things to him so that he would leave the neighborhood so his rent stabilized apartment would be given up and they would get more money for his apartment," said Luis Andino, a friend of the suspect. "The officers set up a perimeter, they called for emergency service as a standard," said NYPD Deputy Inspector Michael Kemper. "A dialogue started between — with the suspect and he came out voluntarily and was placed in custody." Officials said they are still trying to determine the motive for the shooting, and investigators are speaking to witnesses and checking video. An official told NY1 that Barrett retired in 2002.

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