PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman who claims she was there when militia spokesman LaVoy Finicum was shot and killed is speaking out for the first time.
Victoria Sharp,18, says she was a passenger in the back seat of the pickup driven by Finicum on January 26 when OSP and the FBI set up a roadblock to arrest militia leaving the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.
Sharp and her family had been at the refuge to sing Christian songs and provide moral support for the group occupying the refuge.
FBI video shows Finicum emerging from his truck with his hands in the air. CNN asked Sharp if she saw Finicum reach for a weapon, as the video appears to show, to which Sharp says Finicum showed no signs of aggression and he didn’t reach for anything.
“LaVoy, as he was walking towards them, and I didn’t think they’d shoot him because he had his hands up and I didn’t think they would shoot him, I couldn’t believe it when they did,” she said.
“All of a sudden we heard 3 shots like altogether and he went down and I was like oh my god and we got down and we heard three more shots and they didn’t hit the vehicle so we assume they shot him once he was down and I started screaming. Oh my god.”
Sharp says she hopes Finicum’s death will inspire others to engage in future protests of the federal government.