UPDATE: The prosecutor said Tuesday that the Oregon State Police’s fatal shooting of Finicum was found to be justified.
Authorities plan to announce on Tuesday the results of an investigation into the fatal shooting of LaVoy Finicum, who was part of an armed group that seized an Oregon wildlife refuge for several weeks.
Finicum, a grandfather and Arizona rancher who acted as the occupiers’ spokesman, was shot and killed by an Oregon State Trooper during the same law enforcement operation that saw police arrest the group’s leader, Ammon Bundy, and four other people.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, which was asked to investigate the shooting in nearby Harney County, said that Sheriff Shane Nelson and Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris would hold a news conference on Tuesday to discuss the investigation.
In the wake of Finicum’s death on Jan. 26, the FBI took the unusual step of quickly releasing video footage depicting the shooting and saying that Finicum appeared to reach twice for a holstered handgun.