Leader of Oregon Militia Arrested, One Killed


After a shooting altercation with police, six members of the militia group occupying the Malheaur National Refuge were taken into custody. Ammon Bundy, rancher Clive Bundy’s son and the leader of the group, was among them.

One militant was killed in the shootout and one sustained “non life-threatening” injuries and was taken to the hospital. The identity of the deceased has not been officially released, but is rumored to be Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who previously stated in an interview that he was willing to die for his interpretation of the constitution and that he has “no intention of spending any of [my] days in a concrete box.”

The confrontation happened early Tuesday evening when the group was on their way to a meeting in a neighboring town.

In addition to Ammon and Ryan Bundy, Ryan W. Payne, Brian Cavalier, and Shawna J. Cox were also arrested. The official charges are felony counts of impeding officers of the U.S. from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats.

The hospital where the militia members were taken for treatment is on lockdown, as is the section of highway where the shootout occurred.

The FBI released the following statement:


At this point, some militia members still remain at the wildlife refuge.


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