Published January 29, 2016
BURNS, OREGON— The takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge continued into its 28th day today as four domestic terrorists still remain.
The four remain three days after a group of fellow domestic terrorists were arrested and one shot dead.
“The negotiators continue to work around the clock to talk to those four people in an effort to get them to come out peacefully,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing.
On Thursday, the FBI released a video that dispels the notion that domestic terrorist LaVoy Fincium was attempting to surrender when he was shot dead by law enforcement.
Below is part of the FBI statement that deals with the moments leading to Finicum being shot:
When we come back to the video, the white truck leaves the scene at a high rate of speed. It travels some distance, quickly approaching a vehicle roadblock in the roadway.
As the white truck approaches the roadblock, there is a spike strip across the road but it appears Finicum missed it as he attempted to drive around the roadblock. He nearly hits an FBI agent as he maneuvers to the left. The truck gets stuck in the snowbank.
Finicum leaves the truck and steps through the snow. 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.
At this time, OSP troopers shot Finicum.
Approximately 30 seconds after the shooting, law enforcement officers at the scene deployed flash bangs to disorient any other armed occupants. Shortly after that, they deployed less-lethal sponge projectiles with OC capsules. Those OC capsules would be similar to pepper spray.
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