The FBI has released footage of the shooting of Oregon police officer Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.
LaVoy Finicum was killed by police on January 26.
The video shows that the policeman reached for a gun before he was shot.
LaVoy Finicum was a key player in an armed anti-government protest in the state’s wildlife reserve.
Footage released by the FBI shows Robert Finikum’s vehicle entering a snowy area in an attempt to avoid a roadblock.
He stops after a police officer disappears and LaVoy Finicum leaves. After briefly raising his hands, he seemed to reach into his pocket, where the gun was later found and shot.
The white pickup truck carrying LaVoy Finicum (it is not clear if he was driving) was stopped on Highway 395 in Oregon on Tuesday afternoon in a joint operation between the FBI and the Oregon State Police.
The jeep was also stopped. The two vehicles contained members of an armed militia that occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month in protest of sentences handed down to two local breeders convicted of arson.
Both cars were initially stopped. Amon Bundy, the leader of the occupation, got out of a vehicle, along with another protester, Brian Cavalier, and the driver, who was not named. Amon Bundy and Brian Cavalier were arrested.
Ryan Payne, another member of the occupation, got out of the white pickup, but LaVoy Finicum remained inside. About three minutes later, the white pickup truck went in pursuit with the police.
He then crashed into a snow bank while trying to clear the blockade, and LaVoy Finicum was shot. Three other occupants of the vehicle came out after police fired tear gas-like substance inside. They were Amon Bundy’s brother Ryan, Sean Cox and another woman not named.
After being detained by police, police provided medical assistance to LaVoy Finicum, about 10 minutes after he was shot. Three more loaded pistols were found in the vehicle, the FBI said.
Greg Breczing, the FBI’s special agent in charge of the Oregon, said the agency had decided to release the full, unedited video “in the interest of transparency.”
Four people remain in the wildlife sanctuary near the town of Burns, said Greg Breczing.
Several people left after Amon Bundy, speaking through his lawyer on January 27, called on other protesters to back down.
Greg Breczing said: “I want to acknowledge the stress and disorder that the occupation of the shelter has caused to the people of Harney County. We know this is difficult. We know you want this to be completed as soon as possible. We do our best to bring this to a safe and fast resolution. “