Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Eight FBI Snipers Defend Shot That Killed Wife of Weaver

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Eight FBI Snipers Defend Shot That Killed Wife of Weaver

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FBI SNIPERS TESTIFIED Thursday that they heard a woman's screams and then silence after a member of their team fired a shot that killed the wife of white separatist Randy Weaver at the family's Idaho cabin.

The eight FBI snipers who lined up in front of a Senate subcommittee came under tough questioning as Sens. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Herbert Kohl, D-Wis., expressed doubt that the shot that killed Vicki Weaver on Ruby Ridge should have been fired at all.

The snipers defended the firing of the shot, saying they had feared that members of the Weaver family would shoot at an FBI helicopter flying overheard.

The snipers, who had been stationed hundreds of yards from the Weaver family's cabin, said that it had been a cloudy day and that none of them had seen Vicki Weaver standing behind the cabin door as FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi fired the shot at two men running into the cabin, missing them but killing her.

In a departure from FBI policy, rules of engagement had been rewritten for the Ruby Ridge standoff to say that snipers "could and should" fire at any armed adult male. …

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