The family of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, the Arizona rancher who was shot dead last month during a confrontation with FBI agents and Oregon state police, was notified Thursday that they owe the City of Burns $500 for “ambulance advance life support” and mileage for LaVoy’s ambulance ride to a medical center. The city of Burns’ assistant law director filed the claim in Harney County Probate Court this morning.
An attorney representing the Finicum family issued the statement: “The callousness, insensitivity, and poor judgment of Harney County and the City of Burns to send a bill after its own officers murdered their loving family member is truly sickening.” A source close to the family said they were “mortified” by the total “lack of empathy” of the city’s claim.
LaVoy was the spokesman and spiritual leader of the patriot group Citizens for Constitutional Freedom that occupied the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in a peaceful protest over the illegal prison sentences of fellow ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, and the federal overreach of land rights under the U.S. Constitution.
Finicum was the only casualty in the 41 day protest that ended today after the four remaining patriot activists surrendered peacefully without incident.
LaVoy will be remembered as a man who loved his family, his God, and his country. His Utah funeral last week was attended by thousands of mourners from across the country, all dressed in their Sunday best, all there to pay respect to a man who gave his life for freedom. Finicum’s family invoked their deep faith and quoted from scripture as they described him as a man of courage and conviction.
He was born Jan. 27th, 1961 in Kanab, UT, and was murdered the day before his 55th birthday. All requests for comment from law officials have so far gone unanswered.
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