A former PIAA wrestling champion who was shot by police after allegedly pointing an AR-15 at officers waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday, and had some charges against him dropped.
Aggravated assault charges against Logan Bradley Macri, 20, of 427 W. McMurray Road, North Strabane, that were graded as first-degree felonies have been reduced to second-degree felonies.
Three other charges related to an altercation between Macri and his mother – simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment –were dropped in district court in North Strabane Township.
Macri’s mother had contacted police in the early morning hours of April 14, and police initially reported that Macri struck her with a handgun and a sword.
However, Casey White, Macri’s attorney, says she is supporting her son through this case.
“Honestly, she was trying to trying to stop the situation from occurring. She was trying to help Logan,” White said. “She was not injured. She had a couple scratches, but other than that, she’s not a victim in this, and she is behind Logan 100%.”
Police were dispatched to Macri’s residence about 2:30 a.m. There were three officers, two from North Strabane and one from Canonsburg.
Though Macri initially complied with orders from police, all three fired their weapons at Macri after he allegedly picked up an AR-15 from the ground and pointed it toward officers.
Macri was struck in the right hand, twice in the right buttocks and once in the right foot.
When Macri appeared in court Monday, he still had a cast on his right hand.
White reiterated that the AR-15 was not loaded.
“There was no ammunition anywhere near. It was in a locked safe, nowhere near where he could get it,” White said.
White said it was “confusion” that led to the events of April 14, and that Macri is undergoing treatment to make sure he does not put himself in similar situations.
“He was going through some personal issues. At no point in time was there any malicious intent or ill will toward law enforcement,” White said.
He went on to describe Macri as “soft spoken,” and someone who is tough to pull words out of.
“He’s upset that he placed himself and placed everybody in this situation. He’s a good kid, a hard-working kid, that never had any problems with law enforcement,” White said.
Macri and White were afforded the opportunity to review dash camera footage of the incident from a police car. The Canonsburg officer was also wearing a body camera, but White said that has not yet been available to the defense.
White suggested that if Macri did point the gun at police, it was not intentional.
“If he did point it, I’m not saying he did point it, but if he did, it was by happenstance. He wasn’t trying to harm or shoot anyone else,” White said.
In March 2018, Macri won the PIAA Class AAA 120-pound title at Giant Center in Hershey for Canon-McMillan High School. He was a four-time state qualifier and WPIAL champion with a career record of 152-30.
Macri had committed to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, but was given his release when the head coach left.
He is currently free on $100,000 bond, and is under electronic monitoring at his home.
Macri will be arraigned at Washington County Courthouse at 1:30 p.m. July 25.