Officer cleared in N.J. park shooting

(AP) - Jurors have found a New Jersey park police officer not guilty of reckless manslaughter for the deadly shooting of a member of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation.

The shooting happened after rangers arrested Emil Mann oncharges of illegal weapons possession and stopped several othersfor riding all-terrain vehicles in 2006.

At trial, a lawyer for Officer Chad Walder said he was on theverge of being disarmed when he fired three times in self-defense.Mann died nine days later.

Prosecutor James Santulli said Mann was unarmed and standingabout five feet away with his hands up when Walder fired.

Mann was 45 and a resident of Monroe.

The jury deliberated for two days. The charge carried a maximum10-year prison sentence.

For interview about Officer Chad Walder?s acquittal in fatal shooting of Emil Mann, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra, Ch. 612.

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