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.