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Oregon Medical Examiner Identifies Militant Killed As LaVoy Finicum


Robert "LaVoy" Finicum was the occupation's de facto spokesperson. After he was killed Jan. 26, Finicum became an even more critical figure in the splintered movement.

Robert "LaVoy" Finicum was the occupation's de facto spokesperson. After he was killed Jan. 26, Finicum became an even more critical figure in the splintered movement.

Amelia Templeton/OPB

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office identified the militant who died in a shooting Tuesday night as 54-year-old Robert LaVoy Finicum.  

Finicum served as a spokesman for the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that began on Jan. 2.  

Finicum was killed during the arrest of seven militants on a highway in Oregon Tuesday evening while traveling with Ammon and Ryan Bundy to meet with ranchers and others in Grant County. According to police, the shooting took place around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday along Highway 395. The Deschutes County Major Incident Team is investigating the officer-involved shooting in relation to Finicum’s death. 

The medical examiner’s office said the results of Finicum’s autopsy are not available at this time.

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