PSP investigating shooting death of Bessemer, Pa. police officer

bessemer, pennsylvania police chief shooting death
Thomas Edward Macri died Sunday, Sept. 13, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

BESSEMER, Pa. (WKBN) — The Bessermer Borough officer-in-charge is dead after a being shot while cleaning his gun.

Monday, Pennsylvania State Police didn’t tell WKBN where Bessemer’s officer-in-charge, Thomas Macri, 56, lived.

But they said it was around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon when Macri, who was on his back porch cleaning his .40-caliber pistol, died of a gunshot wound.

Macri’s girlfriend came home after the incident happened.

“She immediately called 911 emergency services. They appeared at the scene and transferred him to Jameson Hospital,” PSP Officer Joseph Vascetti said. “Approximately 2:17 p.m., he was pronounced dead.”

State Police said there is no  sign of foul play.

Bessemer Council president John Kliem said that the news hit the Bessemer community hard.

“News like that is devastating. It really is a shock,” Kliem said.

Macri was a retired New Castle Police Officer and had been serving as the chief in Bessemer since he retired.

“He was fair. He gave everybody a warning on their first time,” Kliem said of Macri. “He didn’t just come on like gangbusters. He did his job. He did fine.”

Marci had the position for a little over a year. Kliem said it’s not going to be easy finding his replacement.

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