02/17/2004

Public Memorial For Lt. Finn

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

http://www4.wrgb.com/news/local/local_news.asp#H7

Friends, fellow police officers, and anyone who was touched by the life of Albany Police Lieutenant John Finn will have a chance to honor him next Saturday. The public memorial begins at 10 a.m., next Saturday at the Pepsi Arena. Lt. Finn died at 3:30 Thursday afternoon. He 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. Albany County District Attorney Paul Clyne says Everett will be charged with first degree murder. Once Everett is arraigned, Clyne will have 120 days to decide whether to seek the death penalty. 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 heartfelt 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.


Back to previous page