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Four people remain at refuge in Oregon as FBI defends shooting

YouTube: Edited Version of FBI Video of Joint FBI and OSP Operation 01/26/2016

Four people remain inside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Thursday as a video of the shooting death of one of the participants in the armed occupation was released.

Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, who was 54 years old, was killed on Monday outside of the facility. A shortened version of the encounter shows the spokesperson of the takeover being shot after he appears to reach for a weapon inside his jacket. The FBI also released a longer, unedited version.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing speaks at a press conference in Burns, Oregon, on January 28, 2016. Photo from FBI Portland / Twitter

"We know there are various versions of what occurred during this event: most inaccurate, some inflammatory," FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing said at a press conference in Burns yesterday. "To that end, we want to do what we can to lay out an honest and unfiltered view of what happened and how it happened."

So far, 11 people have been arrested in connection with the occupation, which began on January 2. The FBI said it was continuing to negotiate with the four holdouts in hopes of resolving the situation.

The land in and round the refuge was initially set aside as a reservation for the ancestors of the Burns Paiute Tribe in the late 1800s but the federal government took 1.78 million acres from the Northern Paiute people and forced them to march to reservations in neighboring Washington.

After the Paiutes were allowed to return, they were placed on a much-smaller reservation in present-day Burns, about 30 miles from the refuge. The tribe has repeatedly called for the anti-government protesters to leave their ancestral territory.

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FBI releases video footage of LaVoy Finicum shooting (The Oregonian 1/28)
FBI: Standoff Continues, Release Video Of Finicum Death (Oregon Public Broadcasting 1/28)
F.B.I. Releases Video Showing Death of Oregon Refuge Occupier (The New York Times 1/29)
Family Gospel Band Provided Soundtrack for Oregon Refuge Standoff (The New York Times 1/29)

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