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Shooting death of LaVoy Finicum: Deschutes sheriff investigates, Malheur DA to review

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2016 file photo, LaVoy Finicum, a rancher from Arizona, speaks to the media after members of an armed group along with several other organizations arrive at the at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore. The FBI and Oregon State Police arrested the leaders of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlife refuge for the past three weeks during a traffic stop that prompted gunfire Â? and one death Â? along a highway through the frozen high country. The Oregonian reported that Finicum was the person killed, citing the man's daughter. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

BURNS, Ore. - An autopsy has confirmed that the man shot and killed by police Tuesday night was Robert LaVoy Finicum, an Arizona rancher who joined Ammon and Ryan Bundy in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Finicum often conducted the group's press conferences at the refuge.

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Oregon Senate Bill 111 outlines procedures for investigations of officer-involved shootings by an Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team, or IDFIT for short.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency, assisted by detectives from the Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, and Oregon State Police.

"Due to the importance and complexity of such investigations, we anticipate the investigation will continue for several days to weeks," the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office said.

Once completed, an IDFIT report is turned over to the local district attorney for a determination on whether an officer was justified in the use of deadly force.

For this investigation, Harney County District Attorney Tim Colahan has transferred review of the investigation to Malheur County District Attorney, Dan Norris.

"In the interest of transparency and to prevent any perceived conflict of interest, it is appropriate to have a district attorney with no prior involvement review the investigation," Colahan said. "I have requested Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris review the investigation and make a decision regarding the appropriate use of deadly physical force."

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