Oregon standoff: Case of possible misconduct by FBI in LaVoy Finicum shooting now before grand jury

Oregon standoff: Case of possible misconduct by FBI in LaVoy Finicum shooting now before grand jury
Lavoy Finicum (credit: Oregon Live)

The federal investigation into an FBI agent’s apparent firing of gunshots at Robert “LaVoy” Finicum and the alleged FBI tampering with evidence at the scene has gone to a grand jury.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Gorder Jr. revealed the grand jury hearing in court papers Thursday explaining the government’s desire to keep its memorandum about the inspector general’s investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Jan. 26 shooting out of the hands of defense lawyers.

“The Declaration provides details of an ongoing investigation by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, and concerns matters occurring before the grand jury protected from disclosure,” Gorder wrote to the court. “The Declaration more fully describes to the Court alone the nature of the material which is the subject of defendants’ motion to compel and which the government contends should be denied from discovery.”

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