MHP Troopers Assist with Pursuit and Search of Suspect Wanted Out of Lewis & Clark County
Helena, MT.— Montana Highway Patrol Troopers assisted the Helena Police Department and Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office with a pursuit and search for a suspect wanted out of Lewis & Clark County yesterday. The MHP received a mutual aid request from the Helena Police Department in the early afternoon hours of March 29th to assist with a pursuit involving John Shannon Finley Jr. Upon termination of the pursuit by the Helena Police Department, MHP Sergeant Jay Nelson followed Finley to Leisure Village Mobile Home Park and secured the premises.
Law enforcement from the Montana Highway Patrol, Helena Police Department, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Land Management coordinated a tactical response to approach Finley’s vehicle and a Leisure Village residence where he was believed to be hiding.
With the permission of the homeowner, MHP Sergeant Tim Proctor deployed his K9 to search and clear the residence. Law enforcement was unable to locate Finley in the first residence but received intelligence that he may be hiding in a nearby residence. Upon approaching the homeowners of the second residence, they obtained consent to search the property but were unable to locate the suspect.
Finley is wanted for two outstanding warrants and for skipping out on his sentencing hearing for an unrelated felony drug charge. Sergeant Chris Weiss with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office, refers to him as a “concern to law enforcement”.
Finley remains at large currently. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap and in the presence of a female accomplice. He is described as slender and 6 feet tall. Individuals with information regarding the whereabouts of John Shannon Finley Jr. are encouraged to dial 911 or contact the Helena Police Department at (406)442-3233.