Corrections Officer Shoots Neighbor Dead in Barber Shop: Cops

Shooting followed argument at Brooklyn store.

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011  |  Updated 7:30 AM EDT
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A 77-year-old man has been shot to death in a New York City barber shop during a fight with his neighbor, a city corrections officer, police say.      

Off-duty correction officer Michael Mininni was at a barber shop in Brooklyn at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when his neighbor, Carmelo Calabro, walked in. The two had an ongoing fight, and investigators are looking into why.      

The two got into a heated argument that led to both men brandishing guns. Police say Mininni fired four rounds, striking Calabro in the face and torso. Calabro was pronounced dead at the scene.      

The officer wasn't hit.

He was hospitalized for an injury to his arm and the investigation continues.      

The union representing corrections officers says that Mininni acted in self-defense. No charges have been filed.      

Calabro and Mininni reportedly had a history of animosity. The older man had filed eight complaints against the Mininni family at the local police precinct since 2003, according to The New York Post. Stephen Mininni, the off-duty corrections officer's father, had filed half a dozen complaints about Calabro.

It wasn't clear what they fought about.

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