This is the moment Oregon militiaman LaVoy Finicum was shot dead on Tuesday – and the FBI claims he can be seen reaching for his weapon.
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Finicum was killed after he and eight other members of the three-week stand-off in Burns, Oregon, were stopped by traffic cops as they headed to a meeting in a neighboring town.
The unedited video, released by the government agency on Thursday, shows a white car speeding down a highway then veering into the snow to avoid three cars engaged in a traffic stop.
Nine minutes into the video, a man, who is said to be Finicum, clambers out of the white car and stumbles through the snow with his arms in the air, surrounded by FBI agents who are pointing guns at him.
At one point, he places his hands in his pockets then pulls them out again. It is difficult to decipher from the distant and shaking video whether there is a weapon in his hand.
As he does so, an agent runs up from behind him and, as he turns, shoots him in the chest.
Finicum falls backwards into the snow.
Group leader Ammon Bundy’s brother, Ryan, was also shot in the arm during the incident.
Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge for the FBI in Oregon, said Finicum had a loaded handgun in his pocket and he ‘on at least two occasions’ reached his right hand toward the pocket inside his jacket.
Bundy followers had given conflicting accounts of how Finicum died. One said Finicum charged at officers, who then shot him. A member of the Bundy family said Finicum did nothing to provoke the FBI.
The FBI posted the video to its YouTube channel.
Ammon Bundy and seven other main figures in the takeover were arrested in the traffic stop Tuesday night.
Bundy’s group seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon on January 2 to protest federal land use policies.
Bundy and six others were declared a flight risk on Thursday afternoon and refused release lest they return for the group’s last stand. Dozens of supporters packed the courtroom for the hearing.
The remaining militiamen have spoken of their dismay at the death of Finicum.
In a live video rant, one militia member angrily blasted the FBI as ‘murderers’.
‘The media has been ordered to leave that means they’re coming to kill us, they don’t want them to see that. They’re going to murder all of us… The American people better wake up,’ he said.
Another said: ‘If I die, I died for my country, I died a free man. That’s how I want to die.’
And in an interview with the Plain Dealer on Wednesday, another named David Fry said: ‘I’ll pass on and move on to the next life. I don’t know (how it will end), but I’m willing to go that far.”