War veteran apologizes for shooting mailboxes in Washington Co.

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WASHINGTON, Pa. - An Iraq war veteran has apologized after police said he fired several shots in a South Strabane neighborhood in the middle of the night.

Several neighbors said they woke up scared and worried when they heard the shots along Donnan Avenue.

“We were all sleeping and we heard the five gunshots. It was terrifying. I thought it was fireworks at first, but then knew it wasn’t,” Letty Cawley said.

Emergency dispatchers said 911 calls came in from several homes in the area claiming someone was driving around, firing at mailbozes.

The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Greg Fino, told Channel 11 News that he has a history of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fino, who is a Purple Heart recipient, said he believed he was in a rural area, and said he never meant to scare or hurt anyone.

According to police, Fino told officers he was testing his guns.

“If it was his own mailbox on his property, then OK, fine, even at 4 a.m. But it’s not OK to do to other people. It’s weird,” Cawley said.

Fino, who has no criminal history and has apologized to anyone he may have frightened, is facing several charges, including reckless endangerment.