Ex-FBI Official: Death of Oregon Militia Member Looks Like 'Suicide by Cop'
The death of a man last night in a violent confrontation between the FBI and militia members occupying an Oregon wildlife reserve shows signs of suicide by cop, says retired FBI special agent Chris Voss.
Robert "Lavoy" Finicum, a 55-year-old father of 11 who had acted as a spokesman for the protesters, was killed.
Conflicting narratives have since emerged about Finicum’s death. The families of Finicum and protest leader Ammon Bundy claim that Finicum was murdered, saying that he had been cooperating with police when he was shot.
"Lavoy Finicum was murdered in cold blood. They shot him with his hands up," said Cliven Bundy, citing eyewitnesses.
Authorities have been vague about what happened during the arrest.
The FBI said in a statement that it is investigating the situation and cannot comment further at this time.
But based on what we know so far, Voss said, “one of the primary earmarks” of suicide by cop is “provoking a deliberate confrontation with police.”
“If you intentionally go someplace the police have told you not to go, you are provoking that confrontation,” he said on Happening Now. “And it’s very clear that that’s what they did here.”
“They didn’t have to go out and provoke this confrontation,” Voss continued. “They could have stayed safely where they were.”
Voss also pointed out that Finicum had previously said he would be prepared to die rather than be taken into custody.
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