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Accounts of E. Oregon confrontation from those who claim to have seen it

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Two people who claim that they were present at Tuesday’s confrontation with the FBI on Highway 395 near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are giving their accounts of what took place.

They are using social media to get the word out of what they saw during the traffic stop Tuesday afternoon.

Victoria Sharp, 18, said she was in the truck with LaVoy Finicum and saw what happened moments before his death.

Sharp said Finicum quickly drove off after agents pulled him over.

“He ran into a snowbank and they were, like, riddling the car with bullets,” she said.  “He got out of the car and he had his hands in the air and he was, like, ‘just shoot me then, just shoot me’ and they did.”

Mark McConnel also said he was present at the incident. McConnel said in a video posted to Facebook that he was driving the Jeep that was carrying Ammon Bundy.

McConnel said he did not see the shooting, but he did see Finicum drive away.

“Anytime someone takes off in a vehicle away from law enforcement after they’ve exercised a stop, it’s considered an act of aggression and foolish,” he said.

In his video, McConnel told his supporters that this stage of the fight is over but it’s time to move on to the next stage.

“Let’s not let LaVoy’s death be in vain. Yes it was tragic, but the fire and the life he had in him was phenomenal.”

FBI officials said they held McConnel for questioning but he was later released.

The FBI has not released any details about the incident to corroborate with any of the accounts made. 

Eight protesters, including Ammon Bundy, were arrested Tuesday after a confrontation with law enforcement. Wednesday morning, the remaining protesters said they had no plans to leave and relinquish the refuge back to federal officials. 

However, Bundy said through his lawyer Wednesday that he wants the rest of the occupiers to go home.

Wednesday, three more protesters turned themselves in to FBI authorities. They are currently being held in Multnomah County Jail. 

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