BURNS, Ore. (KOIN) – The FBI held what they called a “significant” press conference late Thursday afternoon regarding the militia takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing lead the press conference.
They are expected to show a video showing LaVoy Finicum reaching for his waistband. At least one Oregon State Police officer opened fire. As far as is known, no FBI agent fired.
The video is from far away.
Finicum was in a pickup truck that almost hit police as it swerved around the roadblock before crashing into a snowbank. Initially he came out with his hands up but then reached for his waistband.
WARNING: The below video may be disturbing to some viewers.
The FBI removed barricades and reopened highways surrounding the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns on Thursday afternoon, officials confirm.
Highway 205 and Highway 78 are now open to traffic.
Law enforcement sources on the scene told KOIN 6 News road blocks are being consolidated to accommodate local residents and ranchers.
The refuge remains closed. An FBI press conference is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Around 4 p.m., a roadblock was set near Sodhouse Road and the road leading to the Malheur field station.
A convoy of vehicles, including at least 2 armored vehicles, were seen headed toward the field station. It appeared a search for someone was underway.
There is still an ongoing operation, according to law enforcement, and people are still at the refuge. It is unclear how many people remain on the property.
KOIN 6 News is on the scene and will have more information shortly.