PENSACOLA, Fla. – Kennan Ross Finkelstein, 23 has been charged with Attempted Murder of a Police Officer in connection with the Wednesday night shooting of Sergeant Shedrick Johnson.
Sergeant Johnson responded to a house in the 8800 block of Burning Tree Road in Pensacola in an attempt to locate a robbery suspect, later identified as Jonathan Brett Chappell, 24. Chappell had robbed an individual at gunpoint at the Tom Thumb on Pensacola Blvd near W Street earlier in the evening and retreated to the Scenic Hills home where his acquaintance, Finkelstein, awaited. According to both the victim and the suspect, the robbery occurred after the two had met to make a drug deal.
As deputies approached the house Finkelstein came out of the garage. Sergeant Johnson identified himself as Law Enforcement and instructed him to show his hands. At that time Finkelstein raised a handgun and shots were fired. In the exchange of gunfire, Johnson was wounded in the leg and retreated across the street. He was then transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where he remains. According to Hospital Officials, Sgt. Johnson has been upgraded to Fair condition.
Finkelstein was located a short distance away and arrested by Pensacola Police Units. Shortly afterwards, Chappell exited the garage and was arrested. He is charged with Armed Robbery with a Firearm, Grand Theft of a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance.