Prosecutor Rules Murder of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum Justified
The fatal shooting of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, one of the armed protesters who took over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon in January, was "justified and necessary," a county prosecutor said on Tuesday.
Finicum was shot and killed by Oregon State Police on Jan. 26 after he tried to flee a traffic stop on a snow-covered roadside during the armed occupation by lands rights protesters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Relatives of Finicum, 54, a spokesman for the group that seized buildings at the refuge, have previously said that he posed no threat and have rejected official assertions that he was armed when he was killed.
Speaking at a press conference in Bend, Oregon, Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said eight shots were fired at Finicum during the confrontation, six of them by Oregon State Police officers and two by FBI agents. Three of the bullets fired by Oregon State Police officers led to his death, he said.
"The six shots fired by the Oregon State Police were justified and in fact necessary," Norris said.