An off-duty police officer who fatally shot an acquaintance during a fight outside a New Jersey bar has been convicted of reckless manslaughter
UNION TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — An off-duty police officer who fatally shot an acquaintance during a fight outside a New Jersey bar has been convicted of reckless manslaughter.
Joseph Macchia faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced July 27. A Union County jury rendered its verdict Tuesday.
The 37-year-old Piscataway resident had served on the Newark force for 11 years before he was indicted in December 2016. He’s been on unpaid leave since then.
Prosecutors say Macchia and Michael Gaffney, also of Piscataway, were at a Union Township bar in May 2016 when they started arguing. The dispute turned physical outside the bar, but ended a few minutes later.
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The fight then resumed a short time later. It ended when Macchia fired his service weapon multiple times, killing Gaffney.