Long Beach police arrested a suspect who allegedly stabbed two men outside popular gay nightclub The Mineshaft on Friday, September 9. One of the two – identified as Christopher Finley, 28, of Long Beach, died of his injuries the following morning. in the hospital, according to LGBTQ Nation reports, based on a story in the Long Beach post.
Police arrested Michael Smalls, 56, on Monday, September 12, on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, according to the Press-Telegram. Smalls was being held on $2 million bail, officials said.
Mineshaft owner Jeff Darling said Finley and another man were standing outside the bar when a third man, now presumed to be Smalls, got on his bike and the three men argued. The argument escalated into a physical attack when Smalls pulled out a knife and stabbed Finley and the other man in the chest.
Darling said Smalls did not enter the bar before or after the attack.
Darling said a patron was kicked out of his bar for brandishing a taser just five minutes before the stabbing and arrested by police on unrelated charges. According to the police, this incident was not related to the stabbings.
— Tammye Nash