2005_05_bedstuyshooting.jpgA landlord-tenant dispute in Bedford-Stuyvesant that left the tenant dead is further complicated by the fact the the landlord is an Internal Affairs police officer. Some reports say while Lt. Shamik Walton was collecting rent, he and tenant Byron Hearst scuffled and Walton's gun went off, whereas other reports say that Walton shot Hearst as they argued over back rent that Hearst owed. Hearst lived in an apartment at 645 Macon Street with his pregnant girlfriend, who said that Walton only said he was an accountant, not a police officer. The police are investigating various accounts of yesterday's shooting, from how many shots were fired to whether it could have been self-defense (Hearst had been in the Navy).

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