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FBI: Video shows LaVoy Finicum reach for pocket containing loaded gun before deadly shooting

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Image from FBI video of deadly confrontation with Oregon wildlife refuge occupiers on Highway 395. Image from FBI video of deadly confrontation with Oregon wildlife refuge occupiers on Highway 395.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The FBI has released video of the confrontation with the armed occupiers of a rural Oregon wildlife refuge that led to the death of group spokesman LaVoy Finicum.

Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon, said the video was shown at a press conference Thursday to hopefully "give the public some clarity as to what occurred."

The operation by the FBI and Oregon State Police to arrest the occupiers, including group leader Ammon Bundy, began at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 395 as the group traveled between Burns and John Day in two separate vehicles.

An FBI plane above the scene recorded video of the operation.

It shows FBI and OSP vehicles pull up behind the suspects, with a Jeep quickly pulling over and stopping. A white pickup driven by Finicum in front of the Jeep continued going up the road before coming to a stop.

Police said one suspect, Ryan Payne, is seen exiting the truck with his hands up. Law enforcement called for the others in the truck to surrender, however after several minutes the truck leaves the scene at a high rate of speed.

After traveling some distance, the truck approached a road block with spike strips. Investigators said Finicum attempted to drive around the roadblock and nearly hit an FBI agent. The truck then got stuck in a snowbank.

The video shows Finicum exit the truck and step through the snow. On at least two occasions, the FBI reports Finicum reached his right hand toward a pocket on the left side of his jacket. At that time, OSP troopers shot Finicum.

Troopers said the pocket he was reaching for contained a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

Approximately 30 seconds after the shooting, law enforcement officers deployed flash bangs in an attempt to disorient any other possibly armed occupants of the truck. Sponge projectiles with OC capsules – similar to pepper spray – were then used, as well.

Over a period of several minutes, three other people were taken into custody. Ryan Bundy and Shawna Cox were arrested, while another woman was released.

"As soon as the agents and troopers were confident that they had addressed any further threats, they provided medical assistance to Finicum," according to an FBI statement.

That was about 10 minutes after the shooting.

Federal agents and troopers said three other loaded weapons were found inside the truck, including two loaded .223 caliber semi-automatic rifles and a loaded .38 special revolver.

The people in the Jeep surrendered without incident, according to the FBI. Ammon Bundy and Brian Cavalier were arrested, while the driver was released without being charged with a crime.

The officer-involved shooting 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.

The FBI has posted the full, unedited video on the agency's official YouTube channel.

The FBI said four people remained at the refuge Thursday night. 

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