Brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, the self-proclaimed "patriots" that commandeered the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, have finally been arrested. The Bundys were taken into custody on Tuesday along with three of their accomplices in a confrontation with the FBI that turned violent. One man was killed and Ryan Bundy suffered a minor gunshot wound. The name of the deceased has not been released.
Bundy and his followers were on their way to a meeting 70 miles away in John Day, Oregon when they were stopped on U.S. Highway 395. According to the FBI, Oregon county sheriffs began an "enforcement action" and around 4:25 PM PST when shots were fired. The Oregon Department of Transportation closed off 56 miles of the highway during the confrontation. Those identified in custody are Brian Cavalier, aged 44 of Bunkerville, Nevada,Shawna Cox, 59 of Kanab, Utah and Ryan Waylen Payne, 32, from Anaconda, Montana. Also arrested in a separate incident about an hour away, was Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, aged 45, from Cottonwood, Arizona.
All those taken into custody face federal felony charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats. At this time, it is unclear if the Bundy's or the authorities fired their weapons first.
Bundy and his group seized the refuge on January 2 as part of a dispute with the government over federal lands in the West. We'll be sure to update you as soon as more information becomes available!