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Shell Casings Assist In Pizza X Murder Suspect’s Arrest

The Bloomington Police Department arrested the suspect at 3 a.m. on Monday morning.

At a press conference Monday, Police Chief Mike Diekhoff identified 22-year-old James Finney as the man suspected of the Friday morning murder of a Pizza X deliveryman.

Diekhoff says Finney is also a suspect in at least two other crimes — a burglary at a convenience store on the city’s south side on October 30, as well as a shooting on Halloween night. Shell casings found at the scene of the previous shooting helped identify Finney.

“Finney was brought in and interviewed, initially denying any involvement,” he says. “When confronted with the evidence of the recovered firearm that had been hidden in a dryer vent he admitted his involvement. The weapon recovered was a .380 caliber handgun.”

Deikhoff says Finney defended himself by saying he was afraid of getting shot himself.

“Finney admitted that he was breaking into cars when confronted by Sarnecki. On November 4 Finney indicated that he had been shot in an incident in November of 2008. He said that he did not want the possibility of getting shot again when he shot Sarnecki.”

The Pizza X where the shooting took place has been closed since the shooting. Diekhoff says Finney is also charged with criminal recklessness.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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