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Posted on: August 27, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Hays PD Media Release: Arrest Made in Shooting Death of Hays Resident


Don Scheibler
Chief of Police
Hays, KS

J.B. Burkholder
Hays Police Department
(785) 625-1030 

DATE: August 27, 2021

SUBJECT: Arrest Made in Shooting Death of Hays Resident

On 08/20/2021 at 10:25PM the Hays Police Department received a report of a shooting in the 4500 blk of Larned Circle, Hays, KS 67601. Officers from the Hays Police Department and deputies from the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and found a victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Hays Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. The victim has been identified as Christian Leonel Cortes-Alfaro, age 22, of Hays, KS.

The coroner’s office, detectives from the Hays Police Department, and agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigations were called to investigate the incident. The ensuing investigation determined that the victim was at home with two other roommates. One of the victim’s roommates was in the front room reportedly preparing to make repairs to a firearm. While the victim’s roommate was handling the firearm, the firearm discharged, striking the victim in the head. 

Today, detectives with the Hays Police Department arrested Brian Spencer Finger, age 22, of Hays, KS for Murder in the Second Degree. Finger is currently being held in the Ellis County Jail. Finger is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 

The shooting remains under investigation by the Hays Police Department Investigations Division. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. J.B. Burkholder or Det. Sgt. Aaron Larson at (785) 625-1030.

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