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Police identify Monessen shooting victim

| Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 7:50 a.m.

Monessen police are investigating the fatal shooting of a city man inside his home early Monday morning.

Chris W. Fincik, 36, was shot when he answered the door to his home at 902 Maple Ave. at about 12:25 a.m., police Chief Mark Gibson said.

Fincik died in his home. The Westmoreland County Coroner's Office said he was pronounced dead just before 4 a.m.

An autopsy was conducted Monday afternoon.

Monessen police and Westmoreland County detectives searched the home for clues to Fincik's death.

Friends of Fincik told WPXI-TV he had a 14-year-old daughter, and he was well-known and well-liked in the community.

“He was a very good guy. We're real good friends. He always did for anybody, you know, that needed anything.

“Man, this is terrible. This is something that we really just truly didn't expect,” said Aaron Payne.

Fincik owned and operated a tree-cutting service.

Court records show Fincik has been in and out of jail since 1995.

Most of his court cases involved drugs, records show.

Fincik was awaiting trial in Washington and Westmoreland counties.

In Westmoreland, he was facing a charge of drug possession with intent to deliver. In Washington County, he was charged in September with tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Court records show Fincik was convicted on drug charges in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2011, and for failing to surrender for a jail sentence in 2005.

Trib Total Media staff writer Rick Bruni Jr. contributed to this story. Jennifer Reeger is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155 or jreeger@tribweb.com.

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