Officials with the FBI have taken the unusual step of releasing unedited police footage of the fatal confrontation in which the leader of the Oregon Standoff and several followers were arrested.
In that clash, militia leader Ammon Bundy and four of his followers were arrested; Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was shot dead.
You can see that footage on the FBI’s YouTube site; be advised, it contains footage of a fatal shooting and may not be appropriate for some viewers.
In a statement, Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in charge of the Oregon FBI says it released footage to quell controversy over the shooting.
“We know there are various versions of what occurred during this event: most inaccurate, some inflammatory. To that end, we want to do what we can to lay out an honest and unfiltered view of what happened and how it happened.”
It comes as supporters of the militia, which has been staging an armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife reserve since January 2nd, have taken to social media to claim law enforcement “murdered” LaVoy.
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The footage shows the FBI and the Oregon State Police pursuing a jeep and a white truck travelling between Burns and the town of John Day along Oregon highway 395.
Police stop the Jeep, detaining three people from inside, before the truck takes off.
When the truck hits a police road block, it goes off the road and LaVoie gets out with his hands raised.
He makes a movement, and and officer shoots him.
Bretzing says it was an act of self defense.
“Agents and troopers on scene had information that Finicum and others would be armed. On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket.”
Three others are then removed from the vehicle and detained.
The footage, however, hasn’t done anything to quell accusations from the Militia’s supporters.
The FBI says it believes four more people are still occupying the wildlife refuge.