Jury mulls case of FBI agent accused of lying about gunshots

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury is deliberating whether an FBI agent lied about firing shots at a militia leader who participated in the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports prosecutors and defense lawyers for W. Joseph Astarita made closing arguments and that a jury of three women and nine men began deliberating Thursday afternoon.

Astarita is charged with making false statements and obstruction of justice after telling investigators he did not fire two shots that missed Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, a key figure in the group that seized the refuge in 2016 while protesting the imprisonment of two ranchers.

Astarita has pleaded not guilty and denies firing the shots.

The alleged shots came as authorities tried to arrest Finicum.

Oregon State Police fatally shot Finicum seconds later.