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Newly released documents show Finicum’s 9-mm was a gift from stepson

Another 170 pages of documents related to the investigation of the officer shooting of LaVoy Finicum Jan. 26 have been released.

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Published on March 14, 2016 4:59PM

Last changed on March 14, 2016 5:04PM

Highway 395 north of Burns is closed in both directions. The Pete Santilli Show is reporting refuge occupation leader Ammon Bundy is in custody and shots were fired.

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Highway 395 north of Burns is closed in both directions. The Pete Santilli Show is reporting refuge occupation leader Ammon Bundy is in custody and shots were fired.

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A roadside memorial for LaVoy Finicum on Highway 395 where he was shot and killed by police Jan. 26 when authorities say he reached multiple times for a weapon. An investigation into the shooting determined the fatal shots by Oregon State Police were justified. Two shots by FBI agents that did not hit Finicum, which were not disclosed to investigators, are under further investigation.

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A roadside memorial for LaVoy Finicum on Highway 395 where he was shot and killed by police Jan. 26 when authorities say he reached multiple times for a weapon. An investigation into the shooting determined the fatal shots by Oregon State Police were justified. Two shots by FBI agents that did not hit Finicum, which were not disclosed to investigators, are under further investigation.

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Eight people were arrested Jan. 26 on charges related to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns: top row, from left, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier and Shawna Cox; bottom row, from left, Joseph O’Shaughnessy, Ryan Payne and Pete Santilli. Not pictured is Jon Ritzheimer who was arrested in Arizona. Also mentioned in the criminal complaint is Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who was shot and killed by police during arrests on Highway 395 between John Day and Burns.

Eight people were arrested Jan. 26 on charges related to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns: top row, from left, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier and Shawna Cox; bottom row, from left, Joseph O’Shaughnessy, Ryan Payne and Pete Santilli. Not pictured is Jon Ritzheimer who was arrested in Arizona. Also mentioned in the criminal complaint is Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who was shot and killed by police during arrests on Highway 395 between John Day and Burns.

A member of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge sits on Highway 395 north of Burns while being taken into custody. The leader of the occupation, Ammon Bundy, was also reportedly taken into custody.

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A member of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge sits on Highway 395 north of Burns while being taken into custody. The leader of the occupation, Ammon Bundy, was also reportedly taken into custody.

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More documents related to the investigation of the officer-involved shooting that killed LaVoy Finicum, including the autopsy report, have been released.

The latest information shows Finicum’s wife, Jeanette, called Oregon State Police dispatch at about 8 p.m. Jan. 26, asking about her husband, stating she believed he had been shot.

Finicum was shot by Oregon State Police officers when they say he reached for a weapon after attempting to elude authorities that set up an operation to arrest the leaders of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Jan. 26 on Highway 395 north of Burns. Ammon Bundy and other occupation leaders were en route to a community meeting in John Day.

According to the new documents, a Ruger SR9 9-mm pistol was found on Finicum. The report states it was originally sold to Just Aaron Plimley in Arizona, who sold it to Dustin Riddle in December 2013. In 2014, Riddle then sold the pistol to Thomas Kinne, who told a deputy he purchased the gun as a gift for Finicum, his step-father, according to the report.

The new documents also include Finicum’s autopsy report, which indicates he died from gunshot wounds of the back, abdomen and chest.

The Central Oregon Major Incident Team led the investigation into Finicum’s death. Harney County District Attorney Tim Colahan also requested that Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris review the investigation, which determined the six shots fired by OSP officers, including the three that killed him, were justified.

Two additional shots reportedly fired by an FBI Hostage Rescue Team, which did not hit Finicum, are under further investigation. Authorities said at a March 8 press conference FBI agents did not initially disclose firing the shots.

In the first batch of documents released Thursday, it was also revealed that OSP and FBI officials initially considered a site in Grant County for the law enforcement action Jan. 26. One of the officers involved said the site was changed because it was believed Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer and others in the county were supportive of the occupiers’ ideology.

The previously released documents also indicate that a third OSP officer had also made the decision to shoot Finicum, but by the time he disengaged the safety, Finicum had already been shot by the other officers.






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