At 4:25 pm on Tuesday afternoon, the FBI and Oregon State Police “began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired,” the Bureau said in a statement.
The FBI said one person who was “a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased.” He said they are not releasing any information on the person “pending identification by the medical examiner’s office.”
One person suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is in custody.
The arrested individuals include:
– Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho.
– Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada.
– Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada.
– Shawna Cox, age 59, of Kanab, Utah.
– Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana.
According to KATU News, Bundy and the others were arrested near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Shots were fired after FBI agents and Oregon State Police made a traffic stop.
One of the militia members who was occupying a federal building in Burns, Oregon, was killed by law enforcement Tuesday night and another eight were arrested — but those who remain inside have vowed to stay, saying they will do so at any cost.
The leader of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover, Ammon Bundy, was among those arrested, and a man who had become a spokesman of sorts, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, was shot and killed when he allegedly charged at officers at a police checkpoint. Ryan Bundy, 43, was also shot, but the injury was not life threatening. Six others were arrested in the confrontation, and Jon Ritzheimer turned himself in to Arizona authorities later in the evening. Those arrested will be facing felony conspiracy charges.
A handful of armed demonstrators remain inside the building, but the FBI has set up a perimeter around the refuge and all vehicles approaching the site will be stopped and searched. The only people who will be allowed access past the checkpoints will be local ranchers.
Burns, OR – The nearly month-long armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge building in Oregon took a deadly turn Tuesday night as federal and state law enforcement ambushed vehicles en route to a meeting with area residents.
A group of the protesters, including Ammon Bundy, were on U.S. Highway 395 bound for John Day, scheduled to speak at an evening community meeting about the future of the area, when the ambush occurred.
Several hundred people gathered at the John Day Senior Center, waiting in vain for “guest speakers” that would never arrive. The occupiers were invited to the meeting as a set-up by law enforcement, meant to isolate the men in a cell phone dead zone on a road that had been blocked off for 60 miles by law enforcement.
Law enforcement sources have attempted to frame the official narrative as a traffic stop in which Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum and Ryan Bundy attempted to resist arrest, which resulted in Finicum’s death. Eyewitness accounts provide a very different accounting of the events that unfolded on the isolated highway.
According to a report in the Oregonian:
Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore said Ammon Bundy called his wife, Lisa Bundy, from the back of a police car on Tuesday night and said Finicum was cooperating with police when he was shot.
According to eyewitness Victoria Sharps, a woman who was in Finicum’s truck when it was stopped by law enforcement, there is no question about whether the rancher had his hands in the air or if he was shot unprovoked.
“He was just walking, with his hands in the air, and they shot him dead,” Sharps said, adding, “His hands were still up after he was dead.”