Lieutenant John F. Finn

1965 - 2004
Albany Police Department
District One
Gunshot Wound


Lieutenant John F. Finn, 38, a 13-year veteran of the Albany Police Department, died Thursday, February 12, 2004 at the Albany Medical Center Hospital as a result of gun shot wounds sustained in the line of duty. On Tuesday, December 23, 2003, shortly after 11:00 PM, Lt. Finn responded to a call of an armed robbery of a small grocery store on South Pearl Street. On Trinity Street, one block west of the robbery, Lt. Finn confronted a fleeing suspect who opened fire on Lt. Finn with a Tech-9 semi-automatic machine pistol, striking him three times. Lt. Finn returned fire and struck the suspect four times. The suspect was apprehended and both were brought to the Albany Medical Center Hospital in critical condition. During the next 51 days, Lt. Finn underwent numerous surgeries and heroically struggled for his life. On Thursday, February 12, 2004, surrounded by family and friends, Lt. Finn succumbed to his wounds. The suspect was subsequently charged with Murder in the First Degree and faces the death penalty.

Born in Port Jefferson, NY, Lt. Finn was the son of William T. and Mary M. Finn. He was a graduate of Smithtown HS West on Long Island and attended State University of New York at Albany. In 1991 he joined the Albany Police Department. He became a Detective in the Juvenile Unit in 1993, was promoted to Sergeant in 1996 and became a Lieutenant in 2001. Lt. Finn received two lifesaving awards from the Albany Police Department and was named Officer of the Year in 2000 by the Kiwanis Club. Lt. Finn commanded the Civil Disturbance Unit, was a member of the Emergency Services Team and was instrumental in creating the Children and Family Services Unit of the Albany Police Department.

Lt. Finn is survived by his wife, Maura McNulty-Finn, his daughters, Clara Riley McNulty-Finn and Molly Rose McNulty-Finn; his parents, William and Mary Finn; his siblings, William and Suzanne Finn of Keene, NH, Michael and Carley Finn of Reston, VA, Mary and Christophe Maille of St. Martin D’Uriage, France, Rose Finn and Edward Schauffert of Amherst, MA; his father- and mother-in-law, John and Suzanne McNulty of Chapel Hill, NC; his brothers- and sisters-in-law, Michelle and Kevin Scannell of Langhorne, PA, Riley McNulty and Songtao Lu of Boston, MA, Tom and Janet McNulty of Watkinsville, GA, and Tina Finn of Roswell, GA. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.

A private memorial service was held for his family and members of the Albany Police Department at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. A public service to celebrate and honor Lt. Finn’s life was held on Saturday, February 21, 2004 at the Pepsi Arena in Albany and was attended by nearly 5,000 people.