Finicum Ambush Brought Into Perspective By New Video Release
Video just released by the Deschutes county sheriffâ€™s office on Tuesday shows the final moments of LaVoy Finicum as he and others involved in the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge attempted to make their way to the Sheriffâ€™s office in John Day, OR, approximately fifty miles away.
It is a synchronization of two videos, one from the outside of the vehicle taken by federal officers and one inside, cell phone video which recorded the events and audio from the perspective of the civilians.
The video opens with an encounter with authorities in which Finicum is telling the Oregon State Police to either shoot him or let him go, that he is on his way to meet the Sheriff.Â He invites the State Police to follow him to Grant County to see the Sheriff and they can all talk over there. The decision is made to drive off, which they do.
The video shows the ambush that was waiting with three vehicles blocking the road as Finicum sped around a corner, having nowhere to go but off the road, appearing to be taking gunfire from the roadblock. Finicum got out immediately, saying, â€œGo ahead and shoot meâ€ several times. Unfortunately that is exactly what happened seconds later.
The horror and outrage of the other vehicle occupants at the death of their friend is intense but so is their own situation as windows are being shot out by police and laser dots flash everywhere around them. Those inside struggle with the choice of surrendering and getting shot as they just witnessed with LaVoy or remaining in the vehicle which is being struck with bullets. Soon gas is fired into the SUV, making it difficult for those inside to breathe and forcing them to exit.
Malheur County district attorney Dan Norris stated, â€œI have concluded that all six shots fired by the Oregon state police â€“ the three into the truck and three that shot Mr. Finicum â€“ are justified.â€ Although the investigation determined that the shootings were justified, word is now coming of lying by federal agents regarding the firing of two shots which reportedly did not strike Mr. Finicum.
Oregon online reported on Tuesday, â€œAn FBI agent is suspected of lying about firing twice at Robert â€˜LaVoyâ€™ Finicum and may have gotten help from four other FBI agents in covering up afterward.â€ They added, â€œInvestigators gave no details to explain why the one FBI agent, a member of the Hostage Rescue Team, wouldn’t report the two shots. They also didn’t indicate what his four colleagues on the team did to warrant investigation other than saying it was related to conduct after the shooting.â€
Many questions remain unanswered.
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