Oregon Refuge Occupier Shooting Justified: Prosecutor

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Arizona cattle rancher LaVoy Finicum talks to the media at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, January 5. Reuters

The fatal shooting of LaVoy Finicum, one of the armed protesters who took over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon in January, was "justified and necessary," Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said Tuesday.

Finicum was shot and killed Jan. 26 by Oregon State Police after he tried to flee a traffic stop targeting participants in the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon.

Norris said six shots were fired at Finicum during the confrontation, eight of them by Oregon State Police officers and two by FBI agents. Three of the bullets fired by Oregon State Police officers led to his death, he said.

"The six shots fired by the Oregon State Police were justified and in fact necessary," Norris said.

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