Finicum was shot three times in the back. He was an Arizona rancher who took part in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover in Oregon.
Finicum was driving the truck that carried Ryan C. Bundy, 43, Ryan W. Payne, 32, Shawna Cox, 59, and Victoria Sharp, 18. In the Jeep behind them was driver Mark McConnell, 37, Brian D. Cavalier, 44, and Ammon Bundy, 40, the public face of the occupation. They were bound for a community meeting 100 miles north of the refuge in John Day.
Although a prosecutor ruled the shooting to be legally justified because Finicum could have been going for a gun, the Justice Department is investigating the incident.
Finicum died for his opposition to the federal government’s excessive control of land. The cause is noble, although authoritarian advocates of Big Government naturally disagree.