One Killed, One Wounded In Oregon Militia Standoff, Ammon Bundy Arrested

Oregon Militia Standoff
Ammon Bundy - Photo: Gage Skidmore

BURNS, Ore., Jan. 26 (UPI) — BURNS, Ore., Jan. 26 (UPI) — One person is dead, another wounded, and Ammon Bundy and at least eight others were arrested in Oregon late Tuesday away from their armed occupation of a wildlife refuge, according to reports.

The confrontation took place after a traffic stop by Oregon state troopers where Bundy and some of his group were traveling to a scheduled community meeting in John Day, about 70 miles from their armed camp in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The FBI had been negotiating with Bundy and a group of about 20 people protesting prison sentences given to two ranchers, a father and son, convicted of burning public land. They have occupied the refuge since Jan. 2.

Bundy is the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who had his own showdown with federal authorities at his ranch in 2014.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reported a 50-mile stretch of U.S. 395 is closed between the towns of Burns and John Day.

Ryan Bundy, 43, suffered a minor gunshot wound and was arrested by the FBI and at the highway stop.

Ryan’s brother, Ammon Bundy, 40, was also arrested, along with Ryan W. Payne, 32, Brian Cavalier, 44, and Shawna J. Cox, 59. The group was charged with conspiracy to impede federal officers, which is a felony.

The name of the person killed is not known.

Despite reports the police and FBI were forcing the remaining members of Bundy’s group to leave or be arrested, occupier Jason Patrick said there was no unusual activity.

“It’s pretty quiet here,” Patrick said.

Occupiers have been moving unfettered by police between the refuge and the town of Burns.

To see the FBI’s Wednesday morning press conference, click the link below.


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