A video released by the FBI Thursday shows the fatal shooting of one of the occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge earlier this week. The grainy aerial footage shows 54-year-old Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum reaching into his jacket before he was shot dead by law enforcement Tuesday.
Finicum, a rancher from Arizona who acted as a spokesman for the occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was reportedly armed with a loaded gun when he was stopped by police. The video taken by law enforcement helicopters shows Finicum speeding off in a white truck from the FBI and Oregon state police, leading to a pursuit.
"On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket," Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge for the FBI in Portland, said in a statement. "He did have a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun in the pocket.
“Agents and troopers did find three other loaded weapons inside the truck. They included two loaded .223 caliber semi-automatic rifles. There was also one loaded .38 special revolver,” Bretzing added.
Bretzing also said that Finicum's truck nearly hit an FBI agent while trying to evade a police barricade before it got stuck in snow.
"Actions have consequences," Bretzing said. "The FBI and OSP tried to effect these arrests peacefully."
During the confrontation, the FBI and Oregon State Troopers arrested five main figures of the occupation, including Ammon Bundy, their leader.
The occupation by ranchers and others began on Jan. 2 to demand the release of two fellow ranchers and to petition the government to relinquish federal lands for state or public use.
Bundy on Thursday reportedly released a statement through his attorney calling for the last occupiers to leave peacefully: "Turn yourselves in and do not use physical force."
Here is the complete, unedited video released by the FBI.