ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Robert “LaVoy” Finicum’s famly said his death is vindicated on video showing what happened when the Arizona rancher was killed by Oregon State Police.
While it’s difficult for them to watch, Finicum’s family says they’re proud of their dad for standing up for what he believed in during the final moments of his life.
“When I saw it, I was angry. I was angry he was put in that situation. And that we, as a people, have come to this,” Finicum’s daugher Thara Tenney said.
LaVoy Finicum’s family says the video proves police assassinated him on January 26.
Recorded in the backseat by Kanab resident Shauna Cox, LaVoy Finicum is heard yelling at police before he was shot three times in the back and killed while the FBI says he was reaching for a loaded handgun.
His widow, Jeanette Finicum said he was protecting the people still in the truck after police cars block the road.
“It just shows his true character. Of leaping out of that truck, trying to divert the attention away from them and onto himself,” Jeanette said.
“I was angry. But then I was sad. I miss him and I wish he was still here,” Tenney said.
The Finicum family also tells ABC4 Utah they are continuing their own investigation into their father’s death and plan to hold the shooters accountable in court.
A six count indictment was unsealed Wednesday against the 26 defendants, stemming from the armed takeover of the wildlife refuge in Oregon. LaVoy had just left the refuge when he was shot.
The indictment charges all 26 with federal conspiracy and 20 defendants for having firearms and dangerous weapons on the refuge.