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WATCH: Passenger video shows LaVoy Finicum’s last moments — and demolishes Bundy conspiracies

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Authorities fired eight gunshots at Lavoy Finicum and his vehicle, investigators said — and they found all of them were justified.

The rancher was shot three times in the back as he reached for a loaded gun in his pocket, according to investigators from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. Six shots were fired by state police and two by FBI agents, and all three shots that struck Finicum were fired by state troopers.

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Finicum and passengers in his SUV agreed to flee police during a Jan. 26 traffic stop on Highway 395, which prosecutors said is a class C felony, The Oregonian reported.

One of the passengers, Shawna Cox, recorded cell phone video that authorities showed during a Tuesday news conference announcing the results of their investigation.

“You back down or you kill me now,” Finicum shouted at Oregon State Police before fleeing the traffic stop. “This is going to get real! You want my blood on your hands?”

“You want a blood bath? It’s going to be on your hands. We’re going to see the sheriff,” Finicum said.

Authorities stopped another car filled with armed militants who had been occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Reserve, but they agreed to surrender peacefully.

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Finicum, however, said on the video recorded by Cox that he intended to drive on to nearby Grant County, where he would seek help from a sympathetic sheriff.

His plan went awry when he crashed into a snowbank as he sped toward officers at 70 mph as he attempted to elude a road block. Investigators said police were justified in firing on Finicum and his vehicle.

He was gunned down by officers after he refused to comply with orders to lie down and then reached for a weapon in his jacket pocket.

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Finicum can be heard on the video repeatedly yelling, “Shoot me!”

He was shot near the clavicle, shoulder and lower abdomen.

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Prosecutors said officers had been told that Finicum carried a firearm on his left side — where he was reaching when he was killed.

Another passenger, Victoria Sharp, claims officers fired hundreds of gunshots at the vehicle and killed Finicum as he attempted to surrender. But the investigation found that only four shots had struck Finicum’s truck.

An aerial video released by the FBI shortly after the shooting also appears to back investigators’ claims about the fatal shooting.

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The names of the officers will not be released due to concerns about their safety.

Two shots were fired by FBI agents at Finicum but missed, and those officers are under investigation for failing to immediately report the shots.

Watch the press conference below:

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Louie Gohmert’s daughter begs him to heed medical advice and not to follow Trump to ‘an early grave’

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In a statement posted to Twitter this Friday, the daughter of Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert said that her father contracted the coronavirus because he chose to ignore medical expertise.

Gohmert’s daughter Caroline, who is also a recording artist known as BELLSAINT, said that “wearing a mask is a non-partisan issue.”

“The advice of medical experts shouldn’t be politicized,” her statement read. “My father ignored medical expertise and now he has COVID.”

“It’s not worth following a president who has no remorse for leading his followers to an early grave,” she added.

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Doctors fear Trump will lie about a vaccine to win the election

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There is a fear among many that the so-called "October Surprise" won't be another international scandal at the White House, but President Donald Trump announcing a vaccine, whether there is one or not.

Washington Post political columnist Greg Sargent explained in his Monday column that scientists are issuing a warning in a series of New York Times interviews. Either Trump will like and announce a vaccine that isn't ready or he'll rush the process to ensure a vaccine is ready, whether it is or not. Some of the scientists even work for the American government and have updated information on the status of a vaccine.

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GOP strategists fear a Kris Kobach nomination could cost Republicans greatly: ‘The Senate majority runs through Kansas’

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In Kansas’ Republican senatorial primary, voters will choose between former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Rep. Roger Marshall — who some GOP strategists believe is by far the more electable of the two. And according to Politico’s James Arkin, one of the prominent Republicans who is sounding the alarm is Kevin McLaughlin, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Although Kobach and Marshall are both hard-right politically, Kobach is more extreme — so extreme that even in deep red Kansas, he lost a gubernatorial race to a centrist Democrat in the 2018 midterms. That Democrat, Laura Kelly, is now governor of Kansas, where Kobach was a leading promoter of the racist “birther” conspiracy theory during the 2010s.

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