This is a statement released by the Finicum family about the details that they have gathered about the murder of their patriarch, LaVoy Finicum.
The statement sums up everything that I have said and what I have been thinking about. I will post their statement that I believe to be their statement, and then I will post the eye-witness testimonies.
SUPPLEMENTAL STATEMENT FROM THE LAVOY FINICUM FAMILY 2-2-2016
The purpose of this statement is to supplement the statement we issued earlier. It does
not contradict our previous statement, but only serves to supplement, support and add
detail to our previous position.
At this point, based on the additional information we have now received, it is our
position that not only was the shooting death of LaVoy Finicum completely unjustified,
but that the FBI and Oregon State Police may also be engaging in a cover-up, and
seeking to manipulate and mislead the media and the American public about what really
We realize this may sound like a bold statement, but now that Shawna Cox, who was a
passenger in LaVoy’s vehicle, and an eye witness, has been released from custody, we
have now had the opportunity to hear yet another account, and the ability to start cross-
referencing all currently available information to figure out what really happened. This
has shed important additional light on the whole ordeal — especially when Cox is given
the opportunity to essentially narrate what is happening in the video, from an eye
It is our position that under the guise of claimed transparency, the FBI was very quick to
release a very grainy, edited video, along with their interpretation of what they claimed it
showed, without any audio overlay, in an effort to attempt to try to make the first
impression on this issue, and seek to sway public opinion from the outset.
Based on Shawna Cox’s account, coupled with the account of Victoria Sharp, and
comparison to the video released by the FBI, we now desire to make the following
• Mark McConnell (if that is even his real name), had previously issued a
statement that LaVoy had supposedly “charged” toward the officers. According
to Shawna Cox, however, McConnell was not even present and had no personal
knowledge whatsoever of what happened at the roadblock where LaVoy was
killed. By way of background, McConnell had shown up at the refuge just two
days earlier and ingratiated himself into their circle. He insisted on driving
Ammon Bundy to the meeting. His vehicle was stopped at the outset,
immediately surrounded by other vehicles and officers, and Ammon was arrested
at that point, without incident. According to Shawna Cox, McConnell was never
arrested and hasn’t been charged. Consequently, at this point it seems fairly
obvious that McConnell was either an undercover agent who was helping to
orchestrate the whole thing, or he was bribed somehow. But he never even saw
what happened with LaVoy.
• Officers started shooting at LaVoy’s vehicle and the people in it right from the
outset, even at the very first stop. Ryan Payne put his empty hands out of
LaVoy’s truck window, and they shot at him. Ryan then yelled that there were
women in the vehicle. The officers instructed them to allow the women to get out
of the vehicle, but Victoria Sharp refused, and Shawna Cox would not leave her.
• LaVoy clearly stated (yelled) to the officers, repeatedly, that it was his intention to
go on to Grant County to talk to the sheriff there. But a disagreement ensued
between LaVoy and Ryan Payne as to what they should do, so Payne exited the
vehicle, at which time LaVoy proceeded farther until he came to the roadblock.
• According to Shawna Cox, they were being fired upon right from the outset at the
second stop, before LaVoy even exited the vehicle. Bullets had already come
through the front windshield. According to Cox, there is no question that LaVoy
was trying to draw the gunfire away from the others in the vehicle.
• According to Cox, because it was very obvious that LaVoy had his hands in the
air and intended to keep them there, the best explanation for LaVoy’s arguably
furtive hand movements, and why he lowered his hands and reached for his side
at one point is because he had already been shot, and he was reaching toward
the area where he had been hit as an involuntary physical reflex, despite his
fairly obvious determination to try to keep his hands in the air, as evidenced by
the fact that he once again attempted to raised his hands, before being shot
again and collapsing.
• According to Shawna Cox, after LaVoy was lying motionless in the snow, the
legion of federal agents and police unleashed a barrage of gunfire on LaVoy’s
truck and its remaining occupants, then including Ryan Bundy, Shawna Cox and
Victoria Sharp, and shot it repeatedly. It was during this round of gunfire that
Ryan Bundy was wounded. According to Cox, it was miraculous that no one else
(which included Victoria Sharpe, a completely innocent bystander) was killed or
seriously wounded during this attack. In addition to gunfire, they were also
terrorized by repeated smoke and pepper bombs.
• There was never any attempt to provide any meaningful or timely medical
attention to LaVoy. Victoria Sharp kept yelling that she was an EMT, and she
wanted to treat him, but she was shot at instead.
• After re-reviewing the extended video with better technology, we want to reiterate
that we are not accepting at face value the FBI’s statement that LaVoy was
In summary and conclusion, after now having had the opportunity to view the full video
with better technology, and to cross-reference it with two eye-witness accounts, what
we believe the video shows is that LaVoy was being fired upon before he even got out
of the truck. He exited very quickly and ran away from the vehicle to draw the gunfire
away from the truck and its remaining occupants. He had his empty hands in the air.
He never wielded a weapon. He never posed any genuine threat to anyone. It is our
position that he was cornered like a helpless animal, with nowhere else to turn, and
executed in cold blood. We believe he had already been shot before he ever lowered
his hands. We believe some of his hand movements were a natural physical reflex to
being shot. He was shot multiple times in the back with his hands in the air. He was
then completely ignored and disregarded for an extended period of time, and left to die
with no attempt to provide any medical attention, while an entire of officers and agents
(estimated to be at least 20 at that location), thoroughly terrorized the remaining
occupants of the vehicle, including two women (Shawna Cox and Victoria Sharp), by
shooting the truck full of holes.
Based on the FBI’s own preemptive efforts to manipulate public opinion under the guise
of transparency, it is our position that if the FBI has nothing to hide and it wants to be
fully transparent about what happened, it should immediately release the following:
• All applicable audio recordings and sound tracks, including an audio track of the
event recorded on Shawna Cox’s phone, which has not been released.
• Full length, unedited video (by drones, body cameras, dash cameras, etc.)
• Complete, close-up images of LaVoy’s truck following the siege.
In the meantime, we will have no choice but to wait for the outcome of the independent
investigation, and hope that nothing is done to tamper with the evidence.
- Shawn Cox testimony
- Victoria Sharp’s first recorded testimony
- 2nd testimony by Victoria Sharp
Thanks to Daniel Christopherson for the video:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIwQjwu3kXT7070q8OUFQNQ
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