The FBI released a video Thursday that they and Oregon State Police say shows the spokesman for the armed occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was shot when he reached for his waistband.
The FBI released a video Thursday that they and Oregon State Police say shows the spokesman for the armed occupiers of a wildlife refuge was shot when he reached for his waistband.
Robert “LaVoy” Finicum died Tuesday when he and other prominent figures in the occupation were stopped by law enforcement officials on a remote road.
The occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by ranchers and others began on Jan. 2, and at one point a couple of dozen people were holed up there, demanding that the federal government turn public lands over to local control. But the compound has been emptying out since the arrest of their main leader, Ammon Bundy, and 10 others over the past few days, and with the death of Finicum.
Bundy, Finicum and others were traveling in two vehicles when they were stopped by law enforcement officials. Bundy and four others were arrested during the stop.
A law enforcement official said Thursday that Finicum was armed and he was shot after reaching toward his waistband multiple times. The official also said Finicum did not have an opportunity to fire any shots.