And from the FBI Portland, "Statement by Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Portland, 1/28/2016":
We have quite a bit of information to share with you tonight concerning the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.Keep reading.
First, I would like to confirm that as of this morning one more person left the refuge through a checkpoint. We believe there are four others who currently remain on the refuge. Since the establishment of checkpoints, a total of nine people have left the refuge. Of those, the FBI released six and arrested three.
Secondly, I would like to confirm that the FBI and Oregon State Police have narrowed the containment zones. This was done to make it more convenient for those who live and work in the immediate area of the refuge to go about their business. To this end, Highway 205 is now open in both directions.
There has been some media reporting that the situation at the refuge is resolved. That is NOT true. Again, we still believe there are occupiers on the refuge. The negotiators continue to work around the clock to talk to those four people in an effort to get them to come out peacefully.
Thirdly, we know there is quite a bit of interest related to the events as they occurred on Highway 395 on Tuesday afternoon. We know there are various versions of what occurred during this event: most inaccurate, some inflammatory. To that end, we want to do what we can to lay out an honest and unfiltered view of what happened and how it happened.
FBI agents and Oregon State Police troopers were involved in this operation. During this operation, OSP troopers utilized deadly force due to their proximity to LaVoy Finicum as the situation unfolded. Because of this, the Deschutes County Major Incident Team is conducting the outside review of the shooting per Oregon State law and established protocols. Because of that on-going investigation, I will not be able to answer every question you have... but hopefully we will give the public some clarity as to what occurred.
At approximately 4:25 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, FBI and OSP began a law enforcement action to bring into custody the people riding in two separate vehicles as they traveled between Burns and John Day. The FBI did have a plane in the air, and what I am about to show you is a video from that plane. A couple of notes about the video before we watch it.
*The plane is following the vehicles, and the camera sometimes pans from one vehicle to the other... a white truck in front and a jeep in back. At other times when the vehicles are in a fixed location, the plane is flying in a pattern over that location. Because of that flight pattern, there are portions where trees obscure what is happening. The details that I am about to provide to you are based both on an analysis of this video and some ground-level observations of agents and troopers on the scene.
*Because the operation lasted more than 25 minutes, we are showing you two of the most pertinent clips today. The entire unedited video from the start of the traffic stop through the surrender of all individuals will be available to the media and the general public on the FBI's YouTube channel.
*Because I am using some very specific language to describe what is happening, the entire transcript of my comments will be posted to www.flashalertbend.net.
*I want to caution you that the video does show the shooting death of LaVoy Finicum. We realize that viewing that piece of the video will be upsetting to some people, but we feel that it is necessary to show the whole thing unedited in the interest of transparency...
.@FBI released aircraft video of traffic stop and LaVoy Finicum's killing at the presser. #OregonStandoff pic.twitter.com/X3vXftUsSy— Bradley W. Parks (@Bradley_W_Parks) January 29, 2016
ADDED: From the Portland Oregonian, "Live updates: FBI holds news conference on Oregon standoff."
Bretzing says cops were yelling to exit vehicle for several minutes before Finicum drove off, then exited and got stopped. #Oregonstandoff— Kelly House (@Kelly_M_House) January 29, 2016
Bretzing: "It was a reckless action that resulted in the consequences that you've seen here today." #Oregonstandoff— Kelly House (@Kelly_M_House) January 29, 2016
So, the takeaway message from FBI: Finicum didn't exit vehicle when asked. After several minutes w/ cops yelling to people inside to exit...— Kelly House (@Kelly_M_House) January 29, 2016
Finicum sped truck up the road. He encountered a roadblock, attempted to drive around, rammed into snowbank (narrowly missing cop)...— Kelly House (@Kelly_M_House) January 29, 2016
Then, Finicum got out of the truck, running out into snow w/ arms up. He then reached into right pocket where he had a loaded 9mm handgun...— Kelly House (@Kelly_M_House) January 29, 2016
That's when OR State Police shot him. After getting passengers out of vehicle, they gave medical attention. "Single digits" bullets shot.— Kelly House (@Kelly_M_House) January 29, 2016
FBI video shows LaVoy Finicum with hands up & then reaching over toward right pocket where loaded 9mm handgun was pic.twitter.com/Hk7Syq28vr— Beth Nakamura (@bethnakamura) January 29, 2016
You can be certain there were body cams, dash cams. Will be part of separate investigation into shooting. https://t.co/Lp3DePWE8L— Les Zaitz (@LesZaitz) January 29, 2016