FBI Releases Video Of Shooting Death Of Oregon Occupier

Tyler Durden's picture

On Tuesday, the FBI and state troopers arrested Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan, and several others on their way to a speaking event some 20 miles north of Burns, Oregon.

Robert “LaVoy” Finicum - the self-styled “spokesperson” for the militiamen occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge - was shot and killed by authorities in the arrests.

In the wake of Finicum’s death there were conflicting accounts as to what exactly led police to shoot the 55-year-old Arizona rancher. Some suggested he was shot while his hands were in the air.

On Thursday, the FBI sought to dispel any misconceptions by releasing the following footage of the incident.

Edited version:

Full version:

While there's no sound and the video is shot from an FBI plane making it difficult to discern exactly what happened, it certainly appears as though Finicum reaches into his pocket - twice. 

It's true that he emerges from the truck (which had careened into a snow bank after swerving to avoid a police roadblock) with his hands raised, but for whatever reason, he reaches for his hip on two seperate occasions. The second time he reaches down, police open fire. "As state troopers trained their guns on Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum along a secluded eastern Oregon highway, he reached twice for a pocket that police say contained a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun," The Oregonian writes. "That's when they fatally shot Finicum, a video released Thursday by the FBI appears to show." Here's more: 

It began as Oregon State Police officers and FBI agents stopped a Jeep and a white pickup as they traveled north on U.S. 395 toward John Day.


Finicum, an Arizona foster parent and rancher who acted as a spokesman for the occupation, drove the truck. It and the Jeep carried key leaders of the occupation that began Jan. 2. They were headed to a community meeting in John Day, with plans to spread their message against federal land control.


Instead, at 4:26 p.m., they were pulled over about 20 miles north of Burns.


Three occupants of the Jeep -- including Ammon Bundy, the son of controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and a leader of the refuge takeover – got out.


In another frame, the video shows another occupation leader, Ryan Payne, getting out of the truck driven by Finicum, with his hands up. Three others remained in the pickup with Finicum, Greg Bretzing, a special agent with the FBI said.


As police stood by with guns trained on the truck, Payne was arrested. Finicum and his passengers remained in the idle truck for about four more minutes as officers hollered for them to surrender, Bretzing said. 


That period was blacked out in the [edited] video, which resumed with footage of Finicum's truck speeding away from the scene. As officers trailed in a black SUV and fired shots at the truck, it rounded two bends in the road, then rammed into a snowbank to avoid a police roadblock.


As it came to a stop, the truck nearly hit an officer who was standing alongside the road.


His hands raised, Finicum ran out of the car and toward the snowbank, yelling at police. Then, as police approached with guns drawn, he reached toward the left side of his waist. He began to put his hands back up, then reached down again.


Bretzing said Finicum was reaching toward a jacket pocket that contained a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.


The video shows Finicum being shot, then falling on his back. He raised his arm, then lay still.

"Actions have consequences," the FBI said, and "as the video clearly shows, it was a reckless action." 

“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 semiautomatic handgun in that pocket,” special agent Bretzing continued.

There were two loaded .233 semi-automatic rifles and one loaded .38 special in the truck. Although police wouldn't specify how many times they shot Finicum, they did say it was "in the single digits." He received medical attention once all of the truck's occupants had surrendered. 

Finicum's death prompted calls from other armed militias for members to go by the "thousands" to Harney County where five occupiers remain holed up in the bird sanctuary. 

Four of the five are free to go, while one is facing charges. The group says they'll leave if those charges are dropped. 

“If they’re not willing to do that, we’re all just kind of willing to stay here and see what happens," one of the holdouts said. "Are they really going to kill five people for refusing to drop a charge on a man?”

We don't know, but based on the video shown above, it's probably not a risk the men should take.

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kerfuffled's picture
kerfuffled (not verified) Jan 29, 2016 7:49 AM

Don't drone me bro!

froze25's picture

I would like to see the police car camera footage.  Before making a judgement.

NidStyles's picture

I'm pretty sure they basically executed him.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Didn't have to do that.....strike one.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

It's about time that these white terrorists got what was coming to them. - I don't care how long these 'ranchers' (do people really still have jobs like that?) have been on this land - it belongs to everyone now, and it is unacceptable to use publicly owned land for personal profit, pure and simple. These people need to move into the 21st century and get a real job like everyone else - 'Ranching' is not a real job.

Latina Lover's picture

Watch the Video closely.

The FBI thugs shot him in the forehead, then shot him again 3 times, and then shot him on the ground. Finicum, btw, was one of the most articulate members of the Oregon group, and was developing an extensive following.

When I was growing up in the 1950's and 1960's, my teachers told me how in the USSR, the police summarily shot anyone they wanted without repercussions. 

Welcome to the USSA.

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

Agreed. Is it illegal to reach into your pocket?? Is that a death sentence??  Now, I know the consequences but I could have thought Law Enforcement had to have a reason to shoot. Wouldn't that reason be actually seeing a gun versus just not raising your hands.

I hope they release the full details of the investigation to determine if he had a gun on him and if there is any video (from cops or protesters) available...but overall, this seems fishy.

My next question is why did they run? If there was some reason, why weren't they filming.

The Juggernaut's picture

Bretzing and the lot are on the wrong side of history.  Do we actually SEE a gun in his pocket or did the FBI place it there?


Long live the III%

TeamDepends's picture

Couldn't they have used tasers and non-lethal force? Not in Barry's fascist America! Meanwhile, Mexican cartels are free to do as they please in national parks.

Fukushima Sam's picture

Looked like the guy was trying to keep his balance in the snow.

Regardless, reaching "toward" your pocket is not a slayable offense.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Fukushima Sam Jan 29, 2016 8:31 AM

Obama ordered his execution because Cliven Bundy talked about the "Negro" and that they were better off under Jim Crow.

WTFRLY's picture

These are the type of outcomes the revolution can expect with half-baked "plans"

I need more asshats's picture

Was Tim McVeigh a visionary or what?

J S Bach's picture

If it had been a black bear, they would have used every precaution before using lethal force.  Maybe a stun or tranquilizer or taser gun.  Here, they just murder the guy in cold blood... no biggie... nothing to see here... please move along sheeple.

WTFRLY's picture

If it had been a black person, there wouldn't even be video. If this is the case that shows you the police "problem", welcome to the party.

Silky Johnson's picture

First mistake was trying to off road it, should have gone straight through the roadblock, Mad Max style.

Dick Gazinia's picture

First mistake was driving to a meeting.  

WTFRLY's picture

The "plan" was the first mistake lol. Gov't psyop setup  from beginning

WTFRLY's picture

They were snitched on by a known alternative media FBI informant. It is rumored he helped steal the money from the Truckers 2 DC protest that never materialized.

DeadFred's picture

Saw this interview of one of the occupants of the truck this morning.


Sounds like the snow bank was the only reason any of them made it out alive.

Salient points: They shot at the driver when he first stopped so that's why the truck took off.

A hundred shots taken at the truck but no one inside held a weapon.

She claims LaVoy had hands up when shot but that looks questionable

TerminalDebt's picture

you'll leave a truck with yor gun in your pocket, hands in the air and then try to reach for it when you're surrounded with no cover. makes perfect sense, I was born yesterday.

FMR Bankster's picture

Another great example of government self control. How many times did they shoot him? Well, just in the single digits. No gun in sight, probably had one in his pocket because these guys carry guns. So what. I'd love to see the footage from the cars on the ground but I have a strong suspicion that won't happen.

Dental Floss Tycoon's picture

"Are they really going to kill five people for refusing to drop a charge on a man?”

Sure they are.  They will shoot you for a traffic ticket if you resist.  Resistance is the crime governments can't allow.



Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Dental Floss Tycoon Jan 29, 2016 2:32 PM

Red Flag!

Video date is the day after he was killed  Jan 27th.

Time stamping shows 25 minutes missing.

Doctored Video, does not show them shooting at the

car back at the first stop as the 18 yr old spoke of.

WillyGroper's picture


Thanks for posting this.  I cannot believe this was not all over the web, especially since his staged traffic stop & interjection into the mess in OR.  From SP's site interview w/Vinnie Eastwood, this is dated from 2013 & damn funny at the 10:00 point.

Hope more folks listen to this.

KJWqonfo7's picture

First mistake was to reach into his pocket.  I'm not a fan of what the cops did here but he wasn't reaching into his pocket for a rose of peace....

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

That all said it takes martyrs to generate a revolution.

What I love about my country is that its populace isn't stupid.  I think what we are seeing in this election cycle is tantamount to a soft revolution.  People are fed up, and if things don't change I give us 8 years before a full blown political crisis/fracture.

BeanusCountus's picture

Audio on this would be of significance.  What was he saying at the time?  What were police saying at the time?

I need more asshats's picture

The video was released as a warning. Challenge the thugs and you get lead.

HockeyFool's picture

I want to see dashcam video with sound.

mrdenis's picture

Somehow all misfunctioned .....

FMR Bankster's picture

I bet we never see the car they were riding in either. The lady riding in the car claims hundreds of bullets fired into it. Allow for the panic factor, maybe that's dozens. Where is the dash cam view on this thing?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) FMR Bankster Jan 29, 2016 2:34 PM

I went and listened to her again.

There were two stops, one with the Jeep and that is when they started

to shoot at the car so he took off. You see he runs into a road block.

Alan_F's picture

Never happen. If they're yelling for him to "toss his weapon" and he's saying "don't have one" and they repeat the phrase over and over, the outcome would be seen as premeditated by Helen Keller. I'd ask no barracade? No spike strip? No shields? The FBI less equipped than the LAPD???

Oquities's picture

you ever run across a black bear carrying an automatic pistol?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Oquities Jan 29, 2016 12:11 PM

The FBI shot him in the hip, they knew he would put his hand to cover it, which is why they kept filming, then shot him in the back. You can see him stumble after being shot in the hip. Guaranteed this is what the autopsy will reveal. Washington Post saying he had a gun in his coat. Great evil is afoot...

Mad Muppet's picture

If it had been a black bear, they would have used every precaution before using lethal force.  Maybe a stun or tranquilizer or taser gun.  Here, they just murder the guy in cold blood... no biggie... nothing to see here... please move along sheeple.




That's because we have more slaves than bears. Damned shame they killed this man.

The Wizard's picture

Was Tim McVeigh a visionary or what?

McVeigh was a patsie, like so many in numerous false flags

Oquities's picture

really? come on, mr. spock, apply a little logic.   pulled over by cops who know you are armed and you run in the snow and reach at your waist. 

"reaching "toward" your pocket is not a slayable offense."

so you would require what, that the agent first see muzzle fire before shooting back?  that he confiscates the gun to make sure it's not a plastic replica?  that he read him his rights before shooting?  or just be allowed to shoot to wound, maybe?

try reaching toward your pocket sometime when a gun is pointed at you and see what happens every time.

i'm not a govt. fan but i'm not a stupidity fan either.

SumTing Wong's picture

He was reaching for a gun, but what dumb ass keeps their gun on the other side of their dominant hand, in a pocket where it is difficult to take it out? There are thousands of holsters on the market to make it where you have easier access.

I don't think he had to be shot that quickly. We don't know what was being yelled, though. 

For some reason I think back to the Nazis here. You couldn't fight that much larger of a force, even if you had the knowledge of where you were and they had less knowledge. It takes much more than five people to take on the police and FBI. Again, stupid to fall for the setup of even leaving where they were holed in.

They had been where they were for three weeks, and they were likely afraid of being forgotten. But you just can't make so many tactical mistakes and hope for everyone to come out alive.

Alan_F's picture

Without the audio, you have nothing for perspective and there would have been gigs of footage cut just for individual officer cover in case of court. Or maybe the Canadian RCMP is just that much better equipped than the FBI? Nah, I'd wager the FBI kraft services budget was greater than the operating costs of the RCMP tactical teams across the entire country combined.

SophoricOne's picture

If he were going to die by police, wouldn't he have exited the vehicle with the gun?  As you said, why would the gun be in the non dominant pocket? I think the more plausible explanation, as put forth by another here, is that he was losing his balance on the snow.  Anyone who has been skiing knows this effect.

SophoricOne's picture

If he were going to die by police, wouldn't he have exited the vehicle with the gun?  As you said, why would the gun be in the non dominant pocket? I think the more plausible explanation, as put forth by another here, is that he was losing his balance on the snow.  Anyone who has been skiing knows this effect.

Doubleguns's picture

They were firing pepper bullets at them too. Get that in your eyes and see how your balance works. Lots of fear. they had been shot at, confusion and walking around on the snow. Just not a clear picture so I want to see dash cams too.  

Paul Revere II's picture

Without sound, how do you know if he wasn't shot first before reaching down?

OregonGrown's picture

I did see the the jackboot thugs did have a k-9 with them that they could have deployed...... first.


Also, THAT STUPID POS COP ran right into the truck (must have thought the truck was going to ram the road block) as it was sliding into the snow bank.... ALMOST LIKE HE WANTED to get hit or ran over so they would have "cause" to light up the truck.

Question, I WANT TO KNOW how many bullet ended up in the rancher AND was shot at the truck?

What did I LEARN by watching this video?  When a man (any man) points a gun at you..... SHOOT THE STUPID BITCH, before they shoot you!

I encourage every freedom lover to click this link and watch!  It will piss you off too!  This is what happens when you call the cops!

The_Dude's picture

Lesson learned:  don't trust the government when they say they will give you safe passage.

XitSam's picture

"Regardless, reaching "toward" your pocket is not a slayable offense."

Ha ha, you're funny.  Suspicion of selling untaxed cigaretts in NYC is a slayable offence.