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How LaVoy Finicum Became A Key Player In The Malheur Occupation


Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum carries his rifle after standing guard all night at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore.

Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum carries his rifle after standing guard all night at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore.

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In his own words, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, the militant killed by law enforcement in a confrontation Tuesday, explains just how he came to join the occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

After moving into the refuge, Finicum quickly emerged as a key surrogate for occupation leader Ammon Bundy and a spokesman for the militants.  

Finicum was reportedly killed during an officer involved shooting with Oregon State Police while traveling with Ammon and Ryan Bundy to meet with ranchers and others in Grant County, Oregon.

In the audio above, Finicum describes the thought process of “not going back,” and joining a group of individuals occupying a federal building.

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