Wednesday, September 26, 2007

PTSD may have led to high speed chase and police shootout

PTSD may have led to high speed chase and police shootout
By Catherine Mylinh
Watch the story Disbelief is starting to give way to pain and confusion for Clifford Finch's loved ones. Timothy Jones still can't believe the accusations against his cousin.

"The family is struggling. Obviously it's been a difficult time," Jones told KSEE 24 News Tuesday evening.

Fresno police say Finch, 58, led them on a high-speed chase. It ended with a crash in the northwest district near Herdon Avenue and Golden State; then a dramatic shootout, where Finch was hit several times.

Finch is now facing two counts of attempted murder on a police officer as well as a host of other felonies.

"There is so much shock. This is out of character. It's difficult for everybody to comprehend," Jones said.

Finch has been a recognized member of the community in part because of his topiary business and in part because his son, Andy Finch, is an Olympic snowboarder.
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Update on officer-involved shooting
Fresno police say they had no choice but to open fire on a man after a dramatic encounter. Officers say Clifford Finch, 58, shot at them first after leading them on a dangerous high speed chase.
PTSD may have led to high speed chase and police shootout
Could post-traumatic stress have played a role in an officer-involved shooting? Clifford Finch's family says the Vietnam veteran may have been suffering from PSTD when he led officers on a high-speed chase, ending in a shootout with police.

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1 comment:

  1. PTSD might have played a small role, but the pattern of sudden personality change is more keeping with a brain tumor.

    Remember Charles Whitman and the Texas tower shootout? An autopsy showed that he had one.

    We'll see.


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