Women flee to roof to escape gunman

Women flee to roof to escape gunman

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Two Jonesboro women had to be rescued from the roof of their house after police say a man opened fire on them.

Around 11:38 p.m. Tuesday Craighead County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 1200-block of County Road 444 regarding a domestic disturbance with weapons.

When deputies arrived at the house they found the two women, ages 42 and 20, on the roof.

According to the initial police report, the older woman claimed she and Michael Eugene Finley, 43, had been arguing since 5 p.m.

She told police at one point in the argument Finley put a.22 caliber revolver to her head and pulled the trigger but the gun did not go off.

The victim said Finley then began to chase her around the house, firing the weapon.

Officers reported finding four bullet holes in the home, including one in the attic door leading out to the roof.

The younger woman told deputies before they escaped to the roof to call 911, Finley had thrown her and the other woman to the ground then hit her with a board.

Believing Finley was still in the house and armed, deputies took the women to safety then re-entered the home with a K9 unit.

Deputies breached a closed door in the hallway and fired two rounds of tear gas into the room. Officers cleared the room, but Finley was gone.

During their search of the home deputies reportedly found a Heritage Rough Rider .22 caliber revolver with four spent shell casings and two live rounds.

While still at the scene investigators learned deputies with the Butler County Sheriff's Office had arrested Finley following a brief chase in Missouri.

He is currently being held in the Butler County Jail awaiting extradition to Craighead County where he will face a charge of aggravated assault.

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