They said 31-year old Christopher Grant Finley had mental issues, and police should have handled things differently when they came to his home to serve a felony warrant.
"Just numb right now, I'm just numb. When they told me what happened last night, I broke down harder than I ever have. He was my baby boy," said Chris Finley.
Finley said he mourns the loss of his son who was shot and killed Tuesday night by a Jonesboro Police Patrolman.
Wednesday the man's family and friends sought comfort and answers
"He had a lot of paranoia problems, and he was schizophrenic and it could have been handled easier. And there's no reason why he should have been killed," said Finley.
It all started around 9 p.m. Tuesday when police were called to 900 Walnut Street to serve a felony warrant on Finley.
He was reportedly armed with a baseball bat and screaming in his front yard.
Finley ran inside his home and officers left the scene, but they came back at 10:30.
After about an hour, Finley came out of his home, confronted police and then ran back inside.
While trying to slam the front door on Patrolman Heath Loggains, Finley reportedly struck him in the arm with a machete.
That's when the Loggains fired several shots through the door, hitting Finley, who was standing on the other side.
"Hearing boom, boom, boom. Thinking someone was banging on my storm door," said Laura Pugh.
Police evacuated Laura Pugh from her home right across Walnut Street, but the long time friend of the Finley family didn't want to leave.
"Because I wanted an up-close look at what was happening to someone I cared about. So I hid in my backyard, with a neighbor, and we watched and I prayed," she said.
Police didn't initially know the man had been shot and called the SWAT team in.
It would be another two hours before police entered the home and found the man dead.
Finley wishes police would have let him talk to his son before things got out of hand.
"If I would have talked to him, he would have come out. Or he would have at least settled down," he said.
Patrolman Loggains was treated and released from a Jonesboro hospital and was placed on paid administrative leave.
The shooting investigation has been turned over to the Arkansas State Police.