Deputies looking for wanted murder suspect in Gaffney

The latest on the shooting that killed one person on Sunday morning
Published: Jul. 24, 2022 at 11:56 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2022 at 12:03 PM EDT
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CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect wanted in connection to a deadly shooting that took place in Gaffney on Sunday morning.

Leonard Herbert Finch, 31, is wanted for the murder of 42-year-old Mark Kevin Brukler, II, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses said the two were in an argument on Union Highway when Finch shot Brukler and fled the scene.

Leonard Herbert Finch
Leonard Herbert Finch(Cherokee County Detention Center)

Deputies said when they arrived to the scene at 8 a.m. they found Brukler unresponsive. He was identified and pronounced dead by the Cherokee County Coroner’s Office.

Investigators determined during the investigation that the murder suspect’s mother, Sheila Mayfield Finch, helped her son flee the scene. Sheila Finch has been arrested for accessory after the fact to a felony and was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Sheila Mayfield Finch
Sheila Mayfield Finch(Cherokee County Detention Center)

Officials said they are working with several law enforcement agencies to locate Leonard Finch who is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Finch is said to most recently have long however he has shaved his head in the past and it is possible he’s done so in an attempt to avoid being recognized. He also has a tattoo under each eye and on his neck.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC or Investigator Logan Heintzel at 864-489-4722 Extension #120.

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