New details and surveillance video are fueling speculation surrounding whether agents with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team opened fire on Robert “LaVoy” Finicum — one of the anti-government activists involved in the Oregon stand-off — and then waged a cover-up following the deadly Jan. 26 clash.
The FBI agents involved in the incident, during which Finicum, 54, was shot dead by two Oregon state troopers, initially denied that they fired their weapons after Finicum’s vehicle crashed at a roadblock, though an investigation by officials later determined that two shots were fired by agents on the scene.
An Oregon State Police officer also told investigators that he observed two copper-colored rifle casings at the location. This is potentially a significant development, as the Hostage Rescue Team reportedly uses copper-colored casings, while Oregon state police, instead, use silver-colored casings, the Washington Post reported.
While copper casings weren’t recovered at the scene, FBI surveillance video reportedly shows agents searching the area after the shooting with flashlights; one of those agents is then seemingly seen bending over and picking something up twice near the area where the shots were believed to be fired, leading to speculation of a cover-up.
Cell phone video captured from inside Finicum’s vehicle includes what sounds like shots being fired, as individuals in the car audibly proclaim, “They’re shooting,” around the 5:30 mark; it is unclear if shots are actually being fired (caution: graphic):