Thomas Gilbert Snr., was killed by his 30-year-old son, Thomas Gilbert Jr., after the pair argued over the son’s allowance.
According to the Independent, Gilbert Jr. was arrested on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He was being held pending arraignment on Monday and the law office representing him had no comment, the AP reported.
Police said Gilbert Jr. went to his parents’ home on Sunday afternoon and asked his mother to go out to get him some food. About 15 minutes later,
she got a “bad feeling” and came back, said Robert Boyce, the chief of detectives for the New York Police Department.
“She found Senior on the floor with a bullet hole in the head,” said Boyce. “She also found a gun resting on his chest with his left hand covering it.”
However, Boyce said the murder scene had been manipulated to make it appear as though Gilbert Snr. had killed himself. Officers with a search warrant went to Gilbert Jr.’s apartment, where they found magazines, loose bullets and a shell that matched the gun found at the scene, police said.
Police said that authorities are investigating how the gun was obtained.
Gilbert Jr. was in debt and had argued with his father over his allowance, police said.