By Red Power Media, Staff
Leaders of armed occupation at the Oregon wildlife refuge arrested
One person is dead and 8 people arrested — including militia leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy — after the FBI and the Oregon State Police moved in on the group along a highway.
The militiamen were driving to a community meeting in John Day – 70 miles from Burns – when they were stopped by police, about 4:25 p.m.
Video: Bundy brothers arrested in traffic stop by FBI, OSP
Within minutes, shots were fired, wounding Ryan Bundy and killing militia spokesman LaVoy Finicum.
It is not clear who opened fire first.
Bundy Ranch, on its Facebook page, said in a post Tuesday evening that Arizona resident Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, author of the novel Only by Blood and Suffering, was shot and killed during the encounter.
In a statement, those arrested in the initial event were:
• Ammon Edward Bundy, 40, of Emmett, Idaho
• Ryan C. Bundy, 43, of Bunkerville, Nev.
• Brian Cavalier, 44, of Bunkerville, Nev.
• Shawna Cox, 59, Kanab, Utah
• Ryan Waylen Payne, 32, of Anaconda, Mont.
Also arrested, in Burns, at about 5:50 p.m., was:
• Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Ariz.
Officials said all six of those arrested face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.
Later Tuesday the FBI announced two other arrests resulting in the confrontation, bringing the total number of those arrested to eight.
The FBI said 50-year-old Peter Santilli of Cincinnati was arrested at 6:30 p.m. in Burns.
And at 8:30 p.m. the FBI’s Phoenix Division made a probable cause arrest of Jon Eric Ritzheimer, 32, who turned himself into the Peoria, Ariz., police department.
The wounded Bundy brother was taken to a local hospital. He was subsequently arrested and taken into custody.
The militia leaders angry about federal land use policy took over the buildings at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge more than three weeks ago
Local authorities, Native Americans and other residents had urged Bundy’s group to leave peacefully.
The Burns Paiute Tribe wanted federal officials to stop the armed occupiers from traveling back and forth to the Wildlife Refuge, fearing tribal artifacts will go missing or the group would disturb burial grounds.
Today’s alleged arrests come after an Army veteran was arrested for a DUI while he was heading to join the militia, — Joseph Arthur Stetson, 54, was caught on video threatening to kill cops on Monday as he was driving to the Wildlife Refuge.
More militiamen from around the country drove in truck by truck to join the cause on January 20.
Law enforcement also converged on the wildlife refuge after today’s arrests and were expected to remain at the site throughout the night; it was unclear how many people, if any, remained in the buildings.
Live Video: from DefendYourBase inside the Malheur Wildlife Refuge