FBI agent charged with lying about his role in Oregon standoff activist’s killing

Agent is accused of falsely claiming that he didn’t fire his weapon during the attempted arrest of LaVoy Finicum, a key figure in the Malheur refuge protest

An FBI special agent lied about his involvement in the fatal shooting of a protester who helped lead an armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge, according to a federal indictment on obstruction of justice charges.

A grand jury in Portland has charged W Joseph Astarita with three counts of making false statements, alleging that he lied when he claimed he did not fire his weapon during the attempted arrest of LaVoy Finicum, a key figure in the Oregon militia standoff at the Malheur national wildlife refuge in 2016.

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