Monessen man murdered
Westmoreland County detectives said an investigation into the early Monday morning murder of a Monessen man will continue at least one more day.
Detective Tom Horan said officials were still seeking suspects in the death of Chris Fincik, 36, who was shot and killed at 12:25 a.m. Monday at his 902 Maple Ave. residence.
Horan said there were between one and three suspects, and investigators disagreed on possible motives.
Fincik owned and operated Treecision in Charleroi — a tree cutting service.
Neighbor Evette Evangelist said she heard multiple gun shots after midnight. Like others who lived nearby, she said Fincik was very polite but she was often concerned about the large amount of people visiting his residence.
“There were always people coming and going,” Evangelist said. “It's a shame. This has always been one of the more quiet streets.”
Early Monday afternoon, friends of Fincik had boarded up the rear door of the Maple Avenue house. Pieces of broken glass remained strewn across the concrete porch. A white, wooden cross was posted in the front yard.
Friends had planned to hold a candlelight vigil at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday — approximately 24 hours after the shooting.
Fincik, known by his nickname “Snax,” had been cited in the past for drug charges, including two felony counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver in 2010.
Fincik was awaiting trial in Washington and Westmoreland counties, according to The Tribune Review, sister publication of The Valley Independent.
In Westmoreland, he was facing a charge of drug possession with intent to deliver. In Washington County, he was charged in September with tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Court records show Fincik was convicted on drug charges in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2011, and for failing to surrender for a jail sentence in 2005.
Monessen Police Chief Mark Gibson said the incident happened around 12:25 a.m. and Fincik was apparently shot when he was answering the back door. He referred additional questions to Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck's office.
Fincik apparently died before medical help could arrive. According to Westmoreland County Chief Deputy Coroner Paul Cycak, the official time of death was 12:40 a.m. — just 15 minutes after Gibson said police received the call.
An autopsy on Fincik was conducted around 3 p.m. Monday. The cause and manner of death was still pending. Toxicology test results will not be available for several weeks.
Police from Monessen, Rostraver, Donora and North Belle Vernon were gathered at the housing project around 6:30 p.m. Monday, but declined comment, referring all inquiries to Gibson and Lt. Lloyd Aldrich.
The officers were placing what appeared to be a firearm into a sealed envelope. One of the officers had blackened hands.
Monessen police did not answer phone calls relating to the activity late Monday night.
The last homicide in Monessen occurred on Aug. 8, 2010, when Vladimir Von Fischer shot and killed his estranged wife, Maedee Von Fischer and Nicholas Mascetta Jr. at a pavilion outside Westgate Manor. Von Fischer then turned the gun on himself.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2635. Staff writer Jennifer Reeger contributed to this story.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Former Ringgold guidance counselor facing sex charges
- Donora residents likely to stand trial in alleged attack at bus stop
- Alleged Bunola shooter condition critical
- Repairman accused of fraud in Bentleyville
- Valley Independent staffers win state awards
- Dem wins bittersweet in Monessen
- Two change advocates top BVA ballot list
- Mon Valley communities prepare Memorial Day events
- Donora mayor wins Dem nod in race with friend
- In close race, Kepics wins Dem nod as mayor of Monongahela
- Crawford carried skills, zest for life to the West Coast