Pittsburgh Police and FBI Pittsburgh investigating two incidents of threats made to Catholic churches


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 100.1 FM and AM 1020 KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is working with the FBI after two separate Catholic churches received threats to harm congregants was received by telephone on Sunday morning.

One of the churches was located on the North Side and the other in Greenfield area of the city.

"Pittsburgh Public Safety takes all threats of violence or terrorism extremely seriously. Pittsburgh Police Intelligence Unit detectives are working closely with our federal partners within FBI Pittsburgh, sharing information and intelligence to determine the origin of the threats. In the meantime, we are reassured that in one instance, citizens called Police when they observed suspicious behavior. We encourage everyone to adhere to the tenet, ‘if you see something, say something.’ It is only by working together that we can keep our communities safe,” said Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich.

The responding officers at the Greenfield area church secured the scene and established no visible threat inside or outside the church.

Police have added extra patrols and are taking additional precautions to safeguard churches and all houses of worship in the city.

During the same incident, parishioners at the North Side church noticed a man with a gun on his person during the service and called the police.

The man in question produced a valid conceal carry permit and it was determined that he committed no crime and was permitted to leave.