Pittsburgh firefighter convicted in gun threat at ballfield
An Allegheny County jury yesterday convicted a Pittsburgh firefighter of charges he pulled a gun out at a crowded Brookline baseball field and threatened to kill two people.
Michael Clark, 43, was convicted of two counts of recklessly endangering another person, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from a March 2009 fight with Thomas Herisko at the Brookline Memorial Recreation Center. The jury acquitted him of two counts of simple assault.
Assistant District Attorney David Zuckerman said Clark previously had an affair with Herisko’s wife and another woman. After fighting with Herisko, Clark retrieved a gun from his sport utility vehicle and pointed it at Herisko and another man, police said.
Clark declined to comment but his attorney, Michael O’Day, said he was disappointed. O’Day said his client pulled a gun in self-defense after Herisko fought with him.
“I think the issue of having a handgun in a park is tough for a jury to deal with,” O’Day said. “He was attacked.”
Common Pleas Judge Kathleen Durkin will sentence Clark on Feb. 17. Reckless endangerment carries a maximum penalty of 1 to 2 years of incarceration.
The jury acquitted Clark’s wife, Victoria Clark, 42, of tampering with evidence.
Clark was suspended from his job and later reinstated, fire Chief Darryl Jones has said. It was not immediately clear if the conviction would affect his job status.