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Graphic Video: Officials Release Footage of Finicum Death, Details of Possible FBI Misconduct


Days after dozens of people gathered at the steps of the Idaho State Capitol to protest the Jan. 26 killing of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupier Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, Oregon Public Broadcasting has released previously unaired video of Finicum's death, recorded by fellow occupier Shawna Cox from inside the late-Arizona rancher's truck.

- Dozens of people gathered March 5 to protest the shooting death of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum. -  - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Dozens of people gathered March 5 to protest the shooting death of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum.
In the more than 12-minute-long video, Finicum and other militants can be seen and heard interacting with law enforcement during the traffic stop that ended in Oregon State Police troopers firing on Finicum. The footage has also been synced with FBI footage shot from the air. 

The cellphone video captures Finicum, Cox, Victoria Sharp and Ryan Bundy—brother of the Malheur occupation's ringleader, Ammon Bundy—refusing to follow police officers' demands to exit the truck during a traffic stop before driving away at high speeds.

"You want a bloodbath—it's going to be on your hands," Finicum can be heard saying in the video, adding repeatedly that authorities would either have to back off and allow him and his passengers to continue to a meeting with a local sheriff, or kill him.

After a chase—during which the truck reached speeds of 70 miles per hour—Finicum drove into a snowbank, nearly hitting an officer near a police roadblock, and exited the vehicle, shouting at troopers to shoot him. After reaching three times into a coat pocket, OSP opened fire, killing him.

In all, six shots were fired by Oregon State Police officers and two were fired by members of an FBI hostage rescue team.

According to OPB, investigators and district attorneys from Harney and Malheur counties, as well as the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, declared March 8 the shots that killed Finicum were justified and "necessary," but the two shots by FBI agents may be the subject of investigation since the agents did not at first disclose they had fired the shots.

That investigation will be conducted by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, which is set to determine whether the FBI agent who fired on Finicum failed to disclose having taken the shot.

Meanwhile, Finicum's wife and daughter have each called for an independent investigation into his shooting. 

"I can hardly believe that a team of qualified law officers could look at the facts in this case and say that no criminal laws were violated," Jeanette Finicum said March 8.