LaVoy Finicum forced OSP/FBI to shoot him.
Stopped by police
Ran from stop at speed
Tried to run the police roadblock
Nearly hit a cop
Exited the truck
Arms up at first
Then grabbed at his coat and waist for no reason
Had a loaded 9mm in the pocket he reached for.
Finicum told reporters he preferred death to custody
He vowed not to be taken alive (on vid)
(From the FBI report released today)
“As the white truck approaches the roadblock, there is a spike strip across the road but it appears Finicum missed it as he attempted to drive around the roadblock. He nearly hits an FBI agent as he maneuvers to the left. The truck gets stuck in the snowbank.
Finicum leaves the truck and steps through the snow. Agents and troopers on scene had information that Finicum and others would be armed. On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket.
At this time, OSP troopers shot Finicum.
Approximately 30 seconds after the shooting, law enforcement officers at the scene deployed flash bangs to disorient any other armed occupants. Shortly after that, they deployed less-lethal sponge projectiles with OC capsules. Those OC capsules would be similar to pepper spray.
Tell me a good reason for a man facing officers with guns drawn to reach for a pocket with a loaded gun in it?
Police shoot in response.
LaVoy Finicum was no hero. He came within seconds of killing a cop.