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Police: Sunset Park man shot neighbor in head • Brooklyn Paper

Police: Sunset Park man shot neighbor in head

Checking out the scene: Police charged a Sunset Park man with manslaughter after they found his neighbor dead with a gunshot wound to the head in his 45th Street apartment on Jan. 23.
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A Sunset Parker allegedly killed his neighbor while showing off handgun in their 45th Street apartment building on Jan. 22.

Police responded to the apartment near Eighth Avenue just before 8 pm on Friday night, law enforcement sources said. Officers found Zdzislaw Golabek, 37, with a gunshot wound to the head in an apartment belonging to the 32-year-old man they later arrested, police said. Paramedics pronounced the victim dead on the scene, officials said.

The two lived in separate apartments in the same building, police said.

Initial media reports claimed the victim shot himself during a drunken game of Russian roulette. But the suspect later told officials that he thought the gun was unloaded and pointed it at his neighbor’s head and pulled the trigger as a joke, according to a police spokeswoman.

Police are charging the man with manslaughter, but the investigation remains open, she said.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at dlynch@cnglocal.com.

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