Over one year after the shooting of Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum during the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff the Department of Justice has announced that an FBI agent involved in the incident has been indicted for obstruction of justice.
While the agent’s name will not be released until Wednesday after he appears in court, investigators have stated the individual was a part of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team.
According to reports, the agent is being accused of giving false statements with the intent to obstruct justice by lying about the shooting at Finicum’s vehicle.
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As reported by Oregon Live, the indictment follows an investigation led by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Justice which has been taking place for over a year.
[The standoff] took a violent turn on Jan. 26 when Bundy and other key figures were arrested in on Jan. 26 traffic stop outside the refuge that ended with police fatally shooting Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, 54, an Arizona rancher and an occupation spokesman.
The Deschutes County Sheriff said when Finicum got out of his his truck, an FBI agent shot at the spokesman two times, though none of the occupiers said they discharged their weapons. The office was asked to investigate the shooting.
Finicum, who was armed with a loaded 9mm handgun, was fatally shot by state police troopers, the office concluded.
The office determined that one agent fired at Finicum’s pickup truck, striking its roof and completely missing on the second firing.
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As Finicum left his truck, an FBI agent shot twice at Finicum, though none of the hostage team members admitted to discharging their firearms, the Deschutes County sheriff alleged. The county sheriff’s office was tasked with investigating the Finicum shooting.
The Oregon investigators concluded that one agent fired at Finicum’s truck, hitting it in the roof and missing on the second shot. A state trooper later described to investigators seeing two rifle casings in the area where the FBI agents were posted. But detectives called to investigate didn’t find the casings, police reports indicated.
Federal law prohibits “knowingly and willfully” making any false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation or concealing information.
Oregon’s U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams has scheduled a news conference later Wednesday afternoon at the federal courthouse. His spokesman Kevin Sonoff declined any comment, and Portland’s FBI spokeswoman Jennifer Adams said she was unaware of the matter.
The indictment follows two federal trials against refuge occupiers accused of conspiring to impede U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management employees from doing their work at the refuge through intimidation, threat or force.
We will continue to update on this story as new details surface.