JANUARY 26 – A law enforcement operation spearheaded by the FBI resulted in the arrest of six militant occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and a livestream talk show host. During the arrest on Highway 395 outside Harney County, Oregon, one individual was shot and killed.
LaVoy Finicum, also known as Blue Tarp Guy for his appearance undercover in a televised news report, was killed during the interception. According to news reports Finicum along with Ryan Bundy, refused to surrender when ordered.
Those arrested during the operation include Ammon and Ryan Bundy, pro forma leaders of the armed occupation, as well as Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan W. Payne. Reports also say Ryan Bundy was slightly injured during the shoot-out with FBI and Oregon State police.
Meanwhile, Pete Santilli, online livestreamer embedded with the armed occupiers, was taken into custody after driving to the FBI checkpoint. Santilli’s crew livestreamed the incident.
Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy was arrested in Burns, Oregon while Jon Ritzheimer surrendered and was arrested in his home state of Arizona. Both are militants who have occupied Malheur.
According to local news station, KATU2, “all face federal felony charges of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties, through the use of force, intimidation or threats.”
The arrest of the Bundy’s was synchronized with the closure of a 50-mile stretch of US Highway 395 and the lockdown of a local hospital.
An unknown number of armed individuals continue to occupy the wildlife refuge and have posted videos asking for help from militias across the country. A woman’s voice is distinctly heard in these videos. It’s not known whether there are other women and children at Malheur.
Access to the Refuge has been restricted with checkpoints requiring identification. The FBI and Oregon State Police put out a statement detailing the checkpoint areas and process. Anyone not complying will be subject to arrest.
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