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Protesters and counter-protesters rally outside Burns courthouse

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Hundreds of people gathered outside the courthouse in Burns Monday both to protest and support the armed occupation of a national wildlife preserve.

People upset over the police killing of occupier and Arizona rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum held signs at the Harney County Courthouse. They want federal officials to leave the area.

Authorities have said Finicum was shot when he reached for a loaded handgun during a Jan. 26 confrontation with police.

Another large group staged a rally at the courthouse in support of law enforcement and government officials. They held signs and shouted, "Stand down, leave our town."

Four holdouts are still at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Eleven people connected to the occupation have been arrested, including group leader Ammon Bundy.

The funeral for Finicum has been scheduled for Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the family's church in Kanab, Utah. The town of 4,500 is located about 30 miles northeast of Finicum's hometown of Cane Beds, Arizona.

His daughter Arianna Finicum Brown said the funeral is open to the public but that cameras and video are prohibited inside.

A makeshift memorial has sprung up where Finicum was killed in Oregon. A copy of the U.S. Constitution, a large wooden cross and American flags have been placed there.

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