FBI Agent Indicted for Lying About Shooting in Oregon Refuge Standoff

An FBI agent has been indicted for lying to state and federal investigators about firing at Robert “LaVoy” Finicum during a showdown between law enforcement and protesters last year in Oregon.

On June 20, a grand jury in the U.S. District Court of Oregon indicted Joseph Astarita on three counts of making false statements and two counts of obstruction of justice. Astarita is a member of the FBI’s hostage rescue team.

Oregon state police shot and killed Finicum on January 26, 2016. He was fleeing a surprise traffic stop on a rural highway near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where he was holed up with other protesters. He crashed his truck into a snow bank and jumped out.

An autopsy determined that three rounds shot by state police killed him. The U.S. Attorney for Oregon said the shots were “necessary and justified,” since Finicum appeared to be reaching for his gun.

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