Some charges against a former Canon-McMillan wrestler have been dropped, but the most serious accusations that he pointed a gun at police who shot him four times remain.
Logan Macri, who won the state championship in 2018, is recovering as his case winds its way through the Washington County courts, said his attorney, Casey White.
“He’s working on things and progressing daily,” said White. “We have to now determine what caused Logan to act in the way he did. And hopefully during the course of this case, we can provide answers as to what was really going through Logan in the moments leading up to the interaction with law enforcement.”
Macri, 20, will stand trial on charges including aggravated assault, simple assault and terroristic threats. Three other charges Macri faced for allegedly attacking his mother were withdrawn June 10.
“She was never a victim,” said White. “Her injuries were minor. She was trying to deescalate the situation.”
Macri’s mother had called police to their home in the 400 block of West McMurray Road in North Strabane on April 14. Three police officers, two from North Strabane and one from Canonsburg, responded and told Macri to get on the ground. He initially complied with the officers’ commands, put up his hands and got down on his stomach in the driveway according to the police report.
While they were attempting to take him into custody, Macri stood up and pointed an AR-15 rifle at the approaching police officers, according to the complaint. All three officers fired their weapons.
Officers showed dashcam video to White and Macri at a June 10 preliminary hearing. It was not presented as evidence.
“It provides certainly some clarity as to what happened in the moments leading up to Mr. Macri being shot by law enforcement,” said White. “I think the video actually helps both sides hopefully work towards some sort of amicable agreement because there is really no gray area as to what took place in the moments leading up to the shooting.”
White said Macri’s gun was not loaded. The officers who shot him were cleared and have returned to duty.
“At this point in time we don’t disagree with the Washington County District Attorney’s Office’s position as to the justification for the use of force in this. After reviewing the video, we understand why (the police) acted in the manner that they did,” said White. “That gun was not loaded, but things happened in such a split second that it would have been very difficult for those officers to determine that at that point in time.”
White said Macri was hit four times and had to be flown to a Pittsburgh hospital for surgery. He sustained injuries to his right hand which included shattered bones. Macri appeared in court with a cast on his right arm. He was also shot in his right foot and buttocks.
“He has had surgery on his hand and is recovering and at some point will have 100% usage of his hand. His foot is a lot better and he is able to walk without assistance,” said White.
Macri’s next court date has been scheduled for July 25. In the meantime, Macri is free on $100,000 bond. A court case could potentially begin in the late fall, said White.