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Officer-involved shooting of refuge occupier LaVoy Finicum under investigation

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Scene of deadly confrontation between law enforcement and wildlife refuge occupiers on Highway 395 from Air 12. Scene of deadly confrontation between law enforcement and wildlife refuge occupiers on Highway 395 from Air 12.

The deadly officer-involved shooting of Oregon refuge occupier LaVoy Finicum is under investigation by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of detectives from the Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department and Oregon State Police.

Oregon State Police and Harney County District Attorney Tim Colahan requested the Deschutes County Major Incident Team investigate the use of deadly force Tuesday on Highway 395 that ended in multiple arrests and the death of Finicum.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy Thursday and confirmed the identity of Finicum, 54, of Fredonia, Arizona.

The results of the autopsy were not released, however.

Investigators have not released any information about the confrontation, other than stating shots were fired.

Ryan Bundy was treated at the hospital for minor injuries after the incident, but no other injuries were reported.

Finicum had acted as a spokesman for the group of armed occupiers who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County on Jan. 2.

Group leader Ammon Bundy was among those arrested Tuesday on Highway 395 on federal charges of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats.

Everyone obeyed law enforcement orders to surrender on the highway except two people, including Finicum, a law enforcement source told CNN.

On Thursday, Ammon Bundy issued a statement through his attorney saying "questions must be answered" in relation to Finicum's death.

Finicum had previously said he would never go behind bars.

"I'm just not going to prison," Finicum told CNN. "Look at the stars. There's no way I'm going to sit in a concrete cell where I can't see the stars and roll out my bedroll on the ground. That's just not going to happen. I want to be able to get up in the morning and throw my saddle on my horse and go check on my cows. It's OK. I've lived a good life. God's been gracious to me."

The investigation is being conducted in accordance with Senate Bill 111, which outlines the procedures for officer-involved use of deadly force in Oregon.

"Due to the importance and complexity of such investigations, we anticipate the investigation will continue for several days to weeks," according to a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office statement.

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