HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) _ An admitted Mafia hit man who confessed in a TV interview to the 1980 killing of a New York City police detective has been charged in the man's death, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Richard Kuklinski, 67, who is serving a 60-year prison term on four murder convictions, was charged with murder.

The body of the 36-year-old detective, Peter Calabro, was found inside his car with two shotgun wounds on March 14, 1980.

Prosecutors say Kuklinski was waiting for Calabro behind a vehicle parked along the road and shot the officer as he drove by.

The charge is consistent with statements Kuklinski made in an interview broadcast May 20, 2001, on the HBO series, ``America Undercover.''

``As he's going by, I fire,'' Kuklinski said. ``I never knew the man, what he looked like, or what his job was.''

Calabro was described by the show's narrator as a police officer the Gambino crime family ordered killed before he could turn state's witness. Kuklinski was known as ``The Iceman'' because he kept some victims' bodies in a freezer.