WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida medical examiner says John Henry Barrett died recently of a gunshot wound — one he suffered in 1958.
The Palm Beach Post reported Monday that the county medical examiner determined the 77-year-old Barrett died in May of an infection and complications related to the gunshot wound and ruled his death a homicide.
The shooting damaged Barrett’s spinal cord and left him partially paralyzed, requiring him to walk with a cane.
Barrett was shot when he was 19 by a friend during a fight. The unidentified friend served time in prison.
Barrett worked for three decades as a pastor and was a former executive director of the Pahokee Housing Authority.