BREAKING: Ammon Bundy Arrested, One Killed, in Confrontation with Police
The Oregon standoff is over, with one unnamed fatality.
WaPo‘s Sarah Kaplan
Six people involved in the armed occupation of a Central Ore. wildlife refuge were arrested after a traffic stop during which shots were fired. Another unnamed individual was killed during the confrontation, the FBI and Oregon State Police announced Tuesday.
Federal authorities arrested Ammon Bundy, the leader of a group of protesters occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, during a traffic stop Tuesday, a law enforcement official told CNN.
Up to eight of Bundy’s followers were detained, the source said.
Shots were fired after authorities made the stop, according to the source. It’s not clear who fired first.
The group of protesters has occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since January 2 to protest federal land policies.
Bundy, son of controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and others started out protesting the sentencing of Dwight Hammond and his son Steven, ranchers convicted of arson on federal lands in Oregon.
One person is dead and several others, including Oregon occupation leader Ammon Bundy, were detained following a confrontation with the FBI and state police Tuesday night.
It all began with a traffic stop while Bundy and some of his followers were en route to a community meeting in John Day, about 70 miles away.
Shots were fired after FBI agents, Oregon State troopers and other law enforcement agencies made the stop.
They’re all facing federal felony charges of conspiracy to impede officers of the US from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats.
One person, who was the subject of a federal probable cause arrest died. It’s unclear who fired first.
The arrests come on the heels of the 25th day of the refuge occupation.
More details as they become known. But the Bundys did zero harm to US sovereignty while the government managed to avoid another Ruby Ridge or Waco situation. That’s a good outcome.