02/13/2004

N.Y. Officer Dies 2 Months After Being Shot in Robbery Chase

Officer Down: Lt. John Finn - [Albany, New York]

The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A police officer died Thursday afternoon, two months after he was shot while chasing a robbery suspect.

Albany police Lt. John Finn, 37, a married father of two, had been on life-support systems throughout Thursday after undergoing a round of surgeries a day earlier. He died at 3:30 p.m. in the surgical intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center.

Hundreds of local police officers visited the hospital to pay their respects Thursday.

A blood drive in Finn's honor was being held Thursday in downtown Albany, one of many held locally since the officer was shot.

A 13-year police veteran, Finn was shot in the lower torso and leg two days before Christmas after a convenience store robbery in Albany's South End neighborhood. Suspect Keshon Everett, 26, of Albany, was also shot in the chase. Everett was charged with first-degree attempted murder among other felony counts. He is being held without bail in Albany County Jail.

In light of Finn's death, Albany County District Attorney Paul Clyne said he anticipates upgrading the charges against Everett in the coming weeks.


Wounded Albany Officer Dies

Wounded Albany Police Lieutenant John Finn died at 3:30 Thursday afternoon. Lt. Finn was taken off life support at Albany Med after tests showed his brain was not functioning.

Lt. Finn underwent several surgeries after being shot three times on December 23 while chasing a robbery suspect through Albany's South End. Despite being wounded, Finn was able to return fire, hitting suspect Keshon Everett.

Everett has since been treated and arraigned. He's being held at the Albany County Jail.

Now, the legal stakes facing the 26-year-old Everett could become a lot higher.

Meanwhile, a steady stream of police from all over the Capitol Region came to say their final goodbyes to Lt. Finn on Thursday.

At a news conference, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings expressed his sorrow to the Finn family.

Jennings said Finn will be remembered for his integrity, braveness, and kindness.

Finn was a 14-year veteran of the force. He had recently moved back out on the streets, working as the Department's evening shift commander.

Lt. Finn leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.

The last fatal police shooting in our area took place in 1979, when Schenectady Patrolman William Koenige was shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute.

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