The Bundys were arrested and Finicum was killed while the group was traveling to meet with ranchers in Grant County.
FBI Surrounds Militants Still Inside Refuge After 1 Dead, 8 Arrested
UPDATE (4:30 A.M.): FBI officials have established checkpoints around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a handful of armed militants remain inside.
Ammon Bundy meets with occupiers after a Saturday evening press conference.
FBI officials say any vehicles approaching the checkpoints will be stopped and searched, and all occupants of the vehicles must present identification. Law enforcement officials said in a press release early Wednesday morning they will arrest anyone who is not compliant with the checkpoint procedure.
The only people allowed to pass the checkpoints will be local ranchers, according to the FBI.
“Anyone coming out of the refuge will have his or her identification confirmed and any associated vehicles searched,” a press release from the FBI stated.
The monthlong occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge took a turn toward a possible conclusion Tuesday night – with the death of one militant after an officer involved shooting. At least eight others were arrested.
Law enforcement wouldn’t release additional information about the deceased individual, but multiple sources said it was Arizona rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.
“You don’t draw a line in the sand unless you’re willing to go all the way,” Finicum told OPB in an interview last week.
Leaders of the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge – including Ammon and Ryan Bundy – were arrested along Highway 395 between the towns of John Day and Burns, according to the FBI and Oregon State Police.
Police said those arrested will face felony charges. All of the individuals arrested in Oregon were booked into Multnomah County Jail around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
With the armed occupiers’ leadership in custody and another dead, the future of the occupation is unclear.
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Kieran Suckling, the executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, told OPB the FBI called militants camped near the refuge and told them to pack up and leave. Other armed occupiers put out calls on social media, asking more people to come and defend the remaining occupiers.
But a handful of men remained at the refuge into the early hours of Wednesday morning, as a convoy of law enforcement vehicles surrounded the refuge.
Militants reached at the refuge headquarters said they were well armed and preparing for a possible standoff with police.
“LaVoy was killed, I can’t turn my back on that,” said militant David Fry. “Everybody’s on alert for obvious reasons.”
Fry wouldn’t say how many people remained at the refuge, but said it included both men and women. He said there were no children.
Brian “Booda” Cavalier
Police said one of the people they arrested Tuesday suffered non-life threatening injuries and was reportedly transferred to a local hospital. That person was later released into FBI custody.
Others arrested Tuesday included Brian “Booda” Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan W. Payne, police said.
The militants were traveling to John Day, Oregon to host a community meeting there.
Right wing Internet radio host Pete Santilli was also arrested outside Burns, while armed occupier Jon Ritzheimer was arrested in Arizona.
In a separate event in Burns, Oregon State Police arrested Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy. They did not give details about the nature of the arrest.