WARNING: Video shows disturbing images.
BURNS, Ore. -- The FBI took the unusual step Thursday of holding a press conference and releasing raw video of the fatal shooting of LaVoy Finicum last Tuesday night.
"We realize that viewing that piece of the video will be upsetting to some people, but we feel that it is necessary to show the whole thing unedited in the interest of transparency," said Special Agent Greg Bretzing of the FBI.
Watch the shorter, edited version (Warning: Video shows disturbing images)
Bretzing did not directly address YouTube videos, one by an 18-year-old in Finicum's pickup, the other by the man who drove the pulled over Jeep, that offered differing scenarios of what happened during the shooting. He did allude to them.
"We know there are various versions of what occurred during this event, most inaccurate, some inflammatory, " he said.
Bretzing's description of the video at the news conference:
As the white truck approaches the roadblock, there is a spike strip across the road but it appears Finicum missed it as he attempted to drive around the roadblock. He nearly hits an FBI agent as he maneuvers to the left. The truck gets stuck in the snowbank.
Finicum leaves the truck and steps through the snow. Agents and troopers on scene had information that Finicum and others would be armed. On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket.
At this time, OSP troopers shot Finicum.
Approximately 30 seconds after the shooting -- law enforcement officers at the scene deployed flash bangs to disorient any other armed occupants. Shortly after that, they deployed less-lethal sponge projectiles with OC capsules. Those OC capsules would be similar to pepper spray.
Watch the long, unedited version (Warning: Video shows disturbing images)
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