F.B.I. Agent Awaits Verdict on Mystery Shots Fired at Oregon Standoff
“in which’s my world,” he said, in his final words to the jury before stepping down. He said in which his training — in which an agent should never shoot without a clear target in addition to a certainty of what lies beyond the target — kept him coming from firing because he saw in which a state trooper was potentially from the crossfire. Despite being involved in numerous SWAT team arrests in addition to various other actions, he said he had never shot at anyone, ever.
In reaching a verdict, the jury will have to fill from the holes of what happened, or did not, on Jan. 26, 2106, from the intense in addition to frantic minutes as Mr. Finicum, a spokesman for the militia occupiers, roared his Dodge Ram pickup toward a police roadblock. Mr. Finicum swerved into a snowbank as he approached the blocked highway, nearly striking an F.B.I. agent. He then got out of the truck, hands from the air, yet was shot in addition to killed after the state trooper said he saw Mr. Finicum reach for a weapon.
Prosecutors, by contrast, said Mr. Astarita was brand new to the elite Hostage Rescue Team in which had been assigned to the Malheur takeover. They said the evidence supported the notion in which Mr. Astarita fired the two shots, then panicked — either because of his ego or his embarrassment — in addition to denied using his weapon. He then had to lie further to cover his first lie, they said.
Defense lawyers, however, said in which the evidence pointed to an Oregon trooper, Trooper No. 1, whose name has been withheld by the court because of threats he faced after the shooting. Mr. Angeli told the jury in which Trooper No. 1 fired the two mysterious shots, in addition to lied about in which because of the pressure in addition to the investigation.
What also hung over the proceedings is actually the reality in which prosecutors have had very little success convicting anyone who played a role from the Malheur takeover, or more broadly from the militia groups in which led in which. The Bundy brothers, Ammon in addition to Ryan, in addition to 5 of their followers were acquitted in late 2016, from the same federal courthouse in downtown Portland where Mr. Astarita was on trial. In late 2017, another federal case against the Bundy group, stemming coming from an armed standoff with law enforcement agents in Nevada over cattle grazing, collapsed in a mistrial after the judge said prosecutors had failed to turn over evidence, as required, in which could help the defense.
The task faced by the jurors as they began to deliberate on Thursday centered on what was deeply uncertain. The forensic evidence at the core of the prosecution’s case said the trajectory of the bullet in which struck Mr. Finicum’s truck after in which spun into the snow bank came coming from his approximate location. yet Mr. Astarita told the jurors things were in chaotic motion, in addition to he could not be exactly sure where he was standing.