Grand jury considers FBI’s use of force in Finicum shooting

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. A grand jury is deciding whether to indict FBI agents for two additional shots that did not hit Finicum, which were not disclosed to investigators.

PORTLAND (AP) — A federal prosecutor revealed in a court document that the investigation of FBI agents involved in the traffic stop that led to the killing of Oregon standoff spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum is before a grand jury.

Attorneys for the defendants accused of taking part in the Ammon Bundy-led takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon have been seeking records from the investigation into the FBI’s use of force in the Finicum shooting and whether there was a cover-up.

In a motion to keep reports sealed, Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Gorder wrote Thursday that matters before a grand jury are protected from disclosure rules.

Oregon State Police troopers fired the rounds that killed Finicum during the Jan. 26 confrontation on Highway 395 between John Day and Burns, and the shooting was deemed to be justified.

Investigators, however, discovered FBI agents failed to disclose they fired two rounds that missed Finicum.

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