Thursday, March 17, 2016
The Shooting of Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum / FBI Agents Fired Two Rounds at Vehicle / or did they?
I’m curious and puzzled by the recent, front page, news article concerning the “2 Standoff Casings Not Found” (The Oregonian, Wednesday, March 16, 2016). We shouldn’t jump to any conclusions at this point; but, reportedly, an FBI Agent fired two rounds at Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum’s vehicle as it raced toward a law enforcement roadblock.
For background information, I’d like to refer you to my previous post on the tactics involved in stopping Finicum’s vehicle and the shooting, by Oregon State Police, which resulted in Finicum’s death: The Shooting of Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum – Let’sTalk Tactics.
“Five FBI Agents assigned to the traffic stop told investigators none of them fired at Finicum’s Dodge pickup” as it neared the roadblock at a high rate of speed. However, “Oregon investigators concluded one Agent fired twice at the truck, hitting it once in the roof and missing on the second shot.” There was subsequent witness statements that appear to support this information.
However, all five Agents denied shooting. But, “a State Trooper later described to investigators seeing two rifle casings in the area where the Agents were posted. Detectives tasked with collecting evidence didn’t find the casings.” It has been postulated that an, as yet undetermined, Agent picked up the casings and has lied about firing at the car.
Based on my past experience, a couple of immediate questions came to mind. Why would the Agent lie about shooting at the car? It appears that he was probably justified. A State Police Officer fired at the car, when it appeared the driver might ram the barricade. Have the ‘rules of engagement’ for the FBI become so restrictive that the Agent feared criticism or worse if he admitted shooting – under the defined circumstances? And, then, when questioned, why would he commit a potential crime by lying about it? To complicate the matter, it has been discussed and reported that all the Agents present knew about the rounds being fired; and have chosen to be complicit in the lie / cover-up. Why would they do that?
Maybe, we will never know the answer? But, the FBI will not take this lightly. And, they will find the answer. If someone lied, or if others were complicit in a lie, this will be considered far more serious than the actual shooting. Shots fired by the FBI Agent, if it occurred, could be favorably interpreted or rationalized by FBIHQ. Lying to law enforcement investigators conducting an official inquiry of this nature would not be tolerated. And, someone will be required to pay the price.