Ammon Bundy and several of the other militiamen who’ve been occupying a building on federal land in Oregon were just arrested.
CNN is reporting that the leader of the protesters who’ve been occupying the federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, Ammon Bundy, has been arrested by federal authorities. Law enforcement officials told CNN that he was arrested during a traffic stop Tuesday night.
Reportedly shots were fired after authorities made the stop, but at this time it is still unclear who fired first.
It is being reported that one militiaman, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, was shot and killed. And at least one other, Ryan Bundy, was wounded and is now in FBI custody.
The other men arrested were:
- Ammon Bundy
- Ryan Payne
- Brian Cavalier
- Shawna Cox
This group of extremists has been unlawfully occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since January 2 to protest federal land and cattle grazing policies.
Ammon Bundy, who is the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, originally brought this group of militiamen to protest the arrest, sentencing, and imprisonment of Dwight and Steven Hammond, two ranchers who were convicted of arson on federal lands in Oregon. But taking part in a protest march was clearly not all Bundy and his followers had in mind. Because they went immediately from the march to an armed occupation of the refuge.
Bundy and his gang have insisted that they would not leave without either getting their demands met, which included the immediate release of the Hammonds, or bloodshed.
updated 10:55 pm