Correction officer involved in deadly shooting

March 9, 2011 4:16:04 AM PST
Gunfire involving an off-duty correction officer inside a Brooklyn barber shop left one person dead.

The shooting happened inside the Naciones Barber Shop on Bath Avenue in the Bath Beach section at 1:30 p.m.

Authorities said 25-year-old officer Michael Mininni was getting a haircut when he fatally shot 77-year-old Carmelo Calabro, who had come into the barber shop with a gun, authorities said.

According to investigators, the two men began arguing. There had been some sort of ongoing dispute between their families, sources said.

A struggle ensued, and Michael Mininni shot Calabro in the face. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"What occurred this afternoon in Brooklyn was a horrible tragedy for the families of all of those involved. However, the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association firmly believes Correction Officer Michael Mininni acted in self-defense when his life was suddenly threatened by an apparent assailant," COBA President Norman Seabrook said.

Mininni has been on the force for a couple of years.

No charges have been filed and the investigation is continuing.

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