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Law Enforcement Says Shooting Death Of Malheur Militant Was Justified

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Amelia Templeton
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OPB

Law enforcement says Oregon State Police officers were justified in the shooting death of one of the militants from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said at a morning press conference Tuesday that Oregon State Police officers fired six shots on January 26th. Three of the shots hit and killed Robert LaVoy Finicum.

Norris also says that an FBI agent fired as well, prompting a federal Inspector General's Investigation. 
  
“During the course of our investigation we discovered evidence that an FBI HRT operator fired two shots as Mr. Finicum exited the truck and one shot hit the truck.” 
  
Norris says neither of those shots hit Finicum. But the FBI agent did not disclose the shots when interviewed on January 26th, February 5th or February 6th. 
  
“Of particularl concern to all of us is that the FBI HRT operators did not disclose their shots to our investigators, nor did they disclose specific actions they took after the shooting,” Norris says.
  
None of the officers who fired shots that day were identified. The investigation is considered open and ongoing.

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