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Man killed in weekend shooting was one of the attackers

COTTONWOOD-- Cottonwood Police have identified the man killed Friday night in what is being called a home invasion robbery.

The man who was killed was one of the Phoenix-area men who reportedly attacked two Cottonwood men.

Gus Terrell Finklea, 27, of Goodyear, was shot by one of two victims with a handgun from the South 2nd Street home, according to the police report.

Two shots were fired during the struggle in the house, said Cottonwood Police Commander Gary Eisenga.

About 9 p.m. Friday night, Dec. 4, the local men were working on a vehicle in the yard when they saw three men running toward them. They ran into the house and the men pushed into the house and a fight ensued.

Eisenga said the home invasion and gunfire was reportedly over a "property dispute."

The two remaining men attempted to flee after the shooting in a red SUV, driven by a woman, who is said to have attempted to run over the local men.

Police stopped the fleeing men in the SUV and held them for questioning.

In addition to the deceased Finklea, the other suspects charged in the incident include 28-year-old Calvin R. Clark of Goodyear and 21-year-old Jermaine D. Shields of Buckeye, both charged with aggravated assault, burglary, robbery and murder.

The two women in the SUV are Hope M., Olszewski, 20, of Buckeye, charged with facilitation of burglary and aggravated assault, and Kerrie Ann Funkhouser, 22, of Phoenix, who is charged with aggravated assault and endangerment.

Cottonwood Police are asking anyone in the public who may have more information about this incident to contact police at 928-634-4246.

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