Man shot by police had criminal record

Man shot by police had criminal record
Christopher Finley following his arrest on January 24, 2014 (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A man shot and killed by a Jonesboro police officer Tuesday night was no stranger to local law enforcement.

Christopher Grant Finley, 31, died after police say he attacked Patrolman First Class Heath Loggains with a machete.

According to a news release from the police department, "the officer drew his service weapon and fired several times at Finley, fatally wounding him."

Court documents reveal this was not the first time officers had been called to the home in the 900-block of Walnut Street.

On July 22, 2014, officers responded to a 911 hang up.

The victim told police she was Finley's ex-girlfriend and had gone to the home to pick up some of her belongings.

She said Finley "wanted her to take him to get some meth," the probable cause affidavit stated.

When she refused, the woman said Finley chased her to her car saying "I will kill you…and cut you up in several pieces so no one will find you. I will slaughter you."

The victim told police she was afraid of Finley, due to his demeanor and "the amount of knives he had in the house," the affidavit said.

The court documents stated Finley then began beating his head on the woman's car door. He then "got on all fours and began to growl at her and beat his head into the concrete."

When he saw the patrol car pull up, court documents said he ran into the house.

Craighead County District Court Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause on July 24 to charge Finley with felony first degree terroristic threatening and ordered him to appear in circuit court.

On January 24, 2015, Blackman signed a bench warrant for Finley's arrest. Officers took him into custody that day.

Prior to this incident in 2012 Finley was arrested and charged with residential burglary and criminal mischief.

He was sentenced to 12 months' probation on the criminal mischief charge following a negotiated plea.

The burglary charge was entered as nolle prosequi, meaning it was not prosecuted at that time.

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