Convicted Felon Charged in Wal-Mart Shooting Was Being Sought at Time of Attack

A convicted felon charged with fatally shooting an armored car guard at a Wal-Mart in Lakewood, Wash., on Tuesday was being sought on a nationwide warrant at the time of the killing.

State Department of Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail says a warrant was issued for Calvin Finley's arrest Feb. 17 when he failed to report to his community corrections officer. Vail says a special department unit that searches for fugitive offenders was assigned to start looking for him.

The News Tribune obtained a copy of a memo that Vail wrote to the agency's employees.

Spokesman Chad Lewis says the department made the extra effort to find the 34-year-old Finley because he had been assessed as a dangerous person likely to commit violence.

Finley was arrested Wednesday by a police SWAT team near a Fife motel in the shooting death of 39-year-old Loomis guard Kurt Husted Tuesday. Pierce County prosecutors charged him with aggravated first-degree murder.

Five people have been charged in the case.