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EX-POLICE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY IN FATAL SHOOTING

A former police officer pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree manslaughter in the shooting of a deli clerk last year in Queens, telling the judge it was a tragic case of horseplay.

An indictment accused John Malik, 60, of recklessly firing a semiautomatic pistol at the victim while cashing a lottery ticket inside the deli the night of Oct. 18, 2004.

Malik told Justice Randall T. Eng that he had pulled his gun in jest before accidentally firing one round that struck and killed Manuel Chametla, an 18-year-old Mexican immigrant.

During the sentencing, he turned and apologized to the victim's family.

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