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Man Charged In Death Of Durham Police Officer

Posted June 6, 2005 3:07 a.m. EDT

— The state Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed a Durham police officer.

Authorities said Officer Greg Shoulders was driving home from work when he drove into a dump truck before 4 a.m. on Stagecoach Road in Warren County. Shoulders was killed on impact. According to reports, the unoccupied truck was parked in the road without its lights on.

"This is a great loss to the Durham Police Department and Durham community," said Police Chief Steven W. Chalmers, who is in Florida attending a gang conference. "He was an exemplary officer with a great future with our department. The men and women of the Durham Police Department mourn this loss."

"It is a terrible and tragic loss to our department and he will be greatly missed. The entire Durham Police Department extends our sympathy to his family and friends and we share in their loss," said Acting Police Chief Ron Hodge.

Investigators said the driver of the truck was inside a residence on Stagecoach Road. After the accident, he fled the scene. Police later arrested the driver, 38-year-old Anthony Finkley, of Warrenton, and charged him with felony hit and run and misdemeanor death by vehicle.

Finkley is being held in the Warren County Jail.

Shoulders served with the police department for five years. He is survived by his wife and a young son. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.