Lavoy Finicum’s widow plans to sue the Oregon State Police, and the FBI, for civil rights violations based on her husband’s death. Finicum, the 54-year-old rancher from Arizona was a key figure in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation.
Jeanette Finicum has criticized her husband’s shooting on a remote stretch of Highway 395. She’s hired Brian Claypool, a California-based attorney who will sue both the state police and FBI agents involved.
“There is not physical evidence (shell casings) that proves that two FBI agents lied during the law enforcement investigation by stating that they did not fire the first shots at Finicum’s vehicle,” said Claypool. “The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the two FBI agents for perjury…”
2Death At The Scene
Finicum, who had been the spokesman for a self-proclaimed militia group that had planned to take over the refuge in protest for federal use of public lands, was traveling with other members from the standoff on the day of the shooting.
These other members included Ryan Bundy, Ryan Payne, Shawna Cox, and Victoria Sharp. In a secondary vehicle, Mark McConnell, Brian Cavalier, and Ammon Bundy followed behind.
These occupiers had been traveling between the Refuge and Burns High School, but they were stopped by officials on that dreadful day. According to officer statements and cellphone videos, Finicum nearly ran over an FBI agent before sliding into a roadside snow bank.
Investigators said that Finicum turned toward a trooper in the trees while reaching for a loaded 9 mm Ruger semi-automatic pistol that he had inside of his jacket. He died moments later at the scene.