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FBI Agents Under Investigation for Shots Fired in Oregon Standoff Arrest

March 08, 2016  | 

FBI agents involved in the traffic stop that led to the killing of one of the armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge are under investigation for not disclosing they fired shots that missed Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, authorities said Tuesday, reports the Associated Press.

Oregon State Police troopers fired the three rounds that killed the Arizona rancher during a confrontation on a remote road, law enforcement officials said at a news conference in Bend.

An independent investigation by Oregon authorities found the troopers were justified in shooting Finicum because he failed to heed their commands and repeatedly reached for his weapon, Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said.

The investigators discovered members of an FBI hostage rescue team who were at the scene failed to disclose they fired two rounds.

The U.S. Justice Department's Office of Inspector General said it is investigating the FBI team's actions, working with Oregon officials.

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John Greshem @ 3/8/2016 5:15 PM

It's actually worse than the article says. The FIBs didn't "fail to disclose." They lied outright in stating that they did not fire rounds. I am not a FIB, so I don't know whether the report form routinely requires "under penalty of perjury." Another troubling aspect, in addition to the FIB's apparent law-breaking is that the state troopers appear not to have disclosed (or at least until now) that the federal agents fired.

Lt Roy Smith LASD @ 3/8/2016 5:49 PM

Sounds like a minor version of Ruby Ridge....

TBOW426 @ 3/9/2016 11:14 AM

If this was actually the FBI HRT and not a regional FBI SWAT team then they were probably embarrassed to admit they fired and missed. HRT is touted as one of the premier Tier1 special operations teams in the world. As far as OSP goes, in the heat of shots being fired an officer is hard pressed to know how many rounds he/she has fired much less how many rounds anyone else fired. Been in a situation where I fired three but would have bet my house I only fired two. That's why you keep your mouth shut after an OIS and don't volunteer information until you have talked to a lawyer and had a chance to review any video before making a statement.

Jim B. @ 3/9/2016 11:29 AM

John Gresham, where did you get your information that they actively denied firing shots? I didn't see it in this article or the linked Associated Press article. I agree that would definitely be a lot worse that simply failing to disclose. Just curious where the information came from and how solid it is.

kevCopAz @ 3/9/2016 6:31 PM

Don't know if the agents denied firing during an investigation,if they did what happened to the catch all federal statute charging felony when lying to the FBI? Question, and Im serious, why are FBI shootings not investigated by DOJ and or another jurisdiction independently as the Feds want all local shootings to be? Or are they? I really do not know. I suspect that rule doesn't apply to the Feds, as many laws do not for Congress. We had a DEA shooting in Phx. some years ago that I helped to investigate. The unarmed driver of a suspect vehicle was shot by an agent with a "machine gun" (not fully auto) during a buy bust that went wrong. We as the local agency were conducting the initial "homicide" investigation. The DEA refused to allow us to interview the agent who fired for 3 days! They even took the weapon away from the scene(and the agent),bringing the weapon back only after many higher ups calling high level DEA folks. Can you imagine if any local L.E. Dept. did that? Hypicrites

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