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Investigation: LaVoy Finicum was shot 3 times; 8 shots fired during highway standoff

Posted: Updated: Mar 08, 2016 03:05 PM
Video released Tuesday shows LaVoy Finicum in his truck talking to law enforcement officers on Highway 395 before he was shot and killed. Video released Tuesday shows LaVoy Finicum in his truck talking to law enforcement officers on Highway 395 before he was shot and killed.
Investigators said Finicum refused to follow orders to get on the ground and repeatedly reached toward his pocket where he had a loaded handgun before he was shot by OSP troopers. Investigators said Finicum refused to follow orders to get on the ground and repeatedly reached toward his pocket where he had a loaded handgun before he was shot by OSP troopers.
Finicum's truck was shot by law enforcement as it sped toward a roadblock, nearly hitting an FBI agent. Finicum's truck was shot by law enforcement as it sped toward a roadblock, nearly hitting an FBI agent.
BURNS, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon State Police troopers and FBI agents fired eight shots during the Highway 395 standoff with LaVoy Finicum, the spokesman for the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  

Finicum was shot three times and killed.

Results of a multi-agency investigation into the deadly officer-involved shooting that marked the beginning of the end of the occupation at the rural Oregon refuge were released Tuesday.

Investigators showed video taken by occupier Shawna Cox inside Finicum's truck when he was first approached by law enforcement on the highway on Jan. 26.

The FBI and Oregon State Police launched an enforcement operation to end the occupation near Burns that began on Jan. 2. Multiple people, including group leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested in one vehicle.

Finicum, however, did not surrender.

In the video released Tuesday, Finicum is heard shouting at law enforcement, "I'm going to meet the sheriff, the sheriff is waiting for us," "You can go ahead and shoot me," and "Go ahead, put the bullet through me."  

He also repeatedly told law enforcement officers they were wasting their oxygen talking to him.

"It's going to get real. You want my blood on your hands?" Finicum said.

Photos: Newly released evidence photos in shooting death of LaVoy Finicum

Finicum then sped away. Investigators determined he was driving 70 mph as he approached a roadblock, nearly hitting an FBI agent.

Finicum then pulled off the road and stopped on a snowbank.   

Investigators said Oregon State Police troopers fired three shots as the truck sped toward the roadblock, hitting the driver's side mirror, the engine compartment and the front area of the truck.

Finicum exited the truck and was ordered to get on the ground. According to investigators, he reached across his body with his right hand into his jacket where he had a loaded 9 mm handgun.

Investigators said the troopers had been briefed that Finicum regularly carried a handgun on his left side.

Troopers did not shoot.

Investigators said Finicum then lifted his hands, looked down at his jacket and again reached across his body to where his gun was later found.

Troopers again did not shoot.

Investigators said Finicum at that point had not been hit with any lethal or less-lethal rounds.

A trooper armed with a Taser began to approach Finicum, and he was ordered for a third time to get on the ground. Investigators said he again grabbed his jacket with his left hand and reached across his body with his right hand.

He was also heard shouting, "You're going to have to shoot me."

Two troopers fired a total of three shots, killing Finicum.

The troopers told investigators they believed Finicum was reaching for a gun and was going to use deadly force against them or the approaching trooper with the Taser.

The three shots at the truck and the three shots at Finicum by OSP troopers were deemed justified, according to the Malheur County district attorney.

The names of the law enforcement officers involved in the shooting are not being released, with authorities saying it's for their safety and the safety of their families.

Two additional shots were fired by members of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team when Finicum exited his truck. Investigators said the FBI agents who fired the shots did not disclose that information or described their actions after the shooting.

Neither shot hit Finicum, but one shot hit the roof of his truck. The U.S. Department of Justice's Inspector General is now investigating those additional shots for possible FBI misconduct.

An FBI spokesman said, "The question of who fired these shots has not been resolved," but the FBI is fully cooperating with the investigation.

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