Bend, OR — On Tuesday, a torrent of new information on the Lavoy Finicum shooting, including a photo of where he was shot and video from the inside of his vehicle during the road block, were released to the public.
Since the shooting, which was captured on video from the FBI’s birdseye view, there have been many theories surrounding the death of Finicum.
According to the official story, Lavoy Finicum was killed by officers because they had no other choice as he was reaching for a gun in his left pocket. Officials claim they later found a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket.
It is evident from the video that Finicum never presented the handgun. However, we can clearly see him reaching for his left side.
In a photo of the autopsy report, taken by RT’s Simone Del Rosario at the press conference on Tuesday, and the newly released video, there is a now an alternative reason, outside of going for a gun, as to why Finicum was reaching toward his left side — he was shot there.
The newly released video shows that officers and agents opened fire on the vehicle prior to Finicum exiting it.
The people in the SUV were pinned down and being painted by laser sights, so they couldn’t leave the vehicle — yet the agents kept pumping tear gas rounds into it.
Did they want to flush them out, and gun them down? Would anything else make sense?
The dramatic scene unfolded as Finicum exited the truck and repeatedly told officers to “shoot me.” At approximately 5:36 in the video, it appears that Finicum could have been shot.
— Simone Del Rosario (@SimoneReports) March 8, 2016
Seemingly, Finicum’s intentions were to draw fire away from the truck — and that is exactly what he did. This cost him his life.
The last scene in the video shows a terrified little girl, Victoria Sharp, the 18-year-old gospel singer emerging from the SUV, her hands upraised, and her body painted by laser sights.
One targeted her head, the other the center of her chest.
On Tuesday, the state troopers involved in the killing of Lavoy Finicum were found justified in their actions.
“All six shots fired by the Oregon State Police, the three into the truck and the three that struck Mr. Finicum, are justified,” said Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris in a prepared statement. He said the shots were “in fact, necessary.”
“Mr. Finicum repeatedly and knowingly made choices that put him in this situation,” Harney County District Attorney Tim Colahan said in a prepared statement. “It was not the outcome that any of us wanted but one he, alone, is responsible for.”
Although Norris announced that the shots were justified, a shroud of conspiracy and misconduct remains. After announcing that the state troopers committed no wrongdoing, it was announced that multiple FBI agents are under investigation who were on the scene that day.
Authorities revealed that at least one FBI agent is suspected of lying about firing twice at Robert “LaVoy” Finicium, and may have gotten help from four other FBI agents in covering it up afterward.
Immediately after admitting that the agents were under investigation, officials quickly noted that none of the shots fired by the unnamed agent, who is part of an elite national strike unit, hit Finicum. Inspector General Michael Horowitz is now in charge of that separate investigation.