Law enforcement tasked with investigating the Jan. 26 fatal shooting of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupant LaVoy Finicum during a traffic stop outlined their findings to the public Tuesday.
In a press conference, officials said an investigation into the six shots fired by Oregon State Police, including the three that fatally wounded Finicum, were justified and “necessary.”
Investigators released a video they used to review the case. Authorities were able to sync cellphone footage recorded by militant Shawna Cox from inside Finicum’s truck with previously available aerial footage captured by the FBI. Cox hit record on her cellphone shortly after police stopped the truck Finicum was driving.
The graphic video details the tense moments leading up to and following the fatal shooting of Finicum.
In the recording, it can be seen that Finicum, Ryan Bundy, Shawna Cox and Victoria Sharp repeatedly ignore law enforcement officer’s requests to step out of the vehicle. Finicum can be heard telling officials to “go ahead and shoot” him, before eventually taking off in the vehicle.
Eventually, an Oregon State Police officer fires at Finicum after the Arizona rancher reaches for an area inside his jacket three times. After Finicum died, police discovered he had a 9 mm handgun inside his coat.
During the investigation into the shooting, it was revealed that FBI agents fired two shots at Finicum’s vehicle that were initially not disclosed to the joint task force in charge of the investigation. U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said an investigation into those shots and possible misconduct is ongoing.