Police: Retired officer shot neighbor

A retired cop shot his neighbor and barricaded himself in his Greenpoint apartment until hostage negotiators talked him into surrendering Monday, police say.



Gene Barrett, 51, faces charges of attempted murder, robbery, assault, burglary and menacing, police say. He is a retired NYPD officer.



The 45-year-old victim remains at Bellevue Hospital in critical condition, according to authorities. Sources tell News 12 that the bullet struck him in the head.



Both men live at 185 Greenpoint Ave., police say, and the afternoon shooting was the culmination of an ongoing dispute. Police sources say the victim's girlfriend is also the building's supervisor and may have played a role in the conflict.



According to investigators, Barrett barricaded himself in his apartment after shooting the victim outside.



Police responded with riot gear and armored vehicles. They say hostage negotiators convinced Barrett to come out of his apartment after an hour of talks.



News 12 is told that Barrett retired in 2002 due to a disability. He served for nine years and his last police post was in Manhattan.



Other neighbors accuse Barrett of repeatedly getting into disputes with people in the area.


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