The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office released video footage Tuesday shot from Ryan Bundy’s cellphone in the moments before and after police shot wildlife refuge occupier Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.
Ryan Bundy, the brother of Ammon Bundy, was one of the leaders of the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The footage is shot from inside Finicum’s truck during a fatal Oregon State Police traffic stop Jan. 26.
“We got too lackadaisical trying to speak to people,” Ryan Bundy said in the video after Finicum died. “But anyway they ambushed us on the way to John Day.”
Finicum, an Arizona rancher and another leader of the refuge occupation, was killed by law enforcement during the traffic stop operation. Investigators with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Harney and Malheur County district attorneys declared the shots that killed him justified and “necessary.”
The video from Bundy’s cellphone shows the same time period as the cellphone video captured by occupier Shawna Cox, who also traveled inside Finicum’s truck the day of the Jan. 26 shooting.