The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is now seeing quieter nights after ring leader Ammon Bundy and his gang of illegal occupiers of the refuge have been arrested and a standoff is over. For weeks these militia gang members of the country side brought the OK Corral to the FBI by traveling by road in their vehicles and were pulled over for a traffic stop. Who would have thought it would end in a traffic stop and not for being in a refuge for weeks on end.
Eight of the gang members were arrested and one was killed during the traffic stop. Plus Ammon Bundy’s brother Ryan was arrested as well. The militia spokesman LaVoy Finicum was the one who was killed in a shootout by the police. The group that was a part of this gang came as far from Michigan and Arizona. Their goal was to have federal lands handed over to local authorities.
Law enforcement was utilized due to the increasing calls from the community to take action after weeks of nothing being done. The State Police and FBI are not saying much about who shot first and no other information was provided with on how the arrest went down. Authorities have said that they would hold a conference on what happened to Highway 395. All we do know is that the group was heading to a meeting that was going to take place between the wildlife refuge and the town of John Day to which was about 100 miles in between each other.
Ryan Bundy did have non-life-threatening injuries, authorities stated. Besides Ryan and Ammon Bundy that were arrested on the highway authorities stated that they brought others in on charges and they were Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan Waylen Payne. Others were arrested at different times and in different places. Like Joseph Donald O’shaughnessy and Peter Santilli who were arrested in Burns and Jon Rizhiemer turned himself in to Arizona authorities.
They all face federal felony charges that are conspiring to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats. This charge does carry a fine and/or imprisonment up to six years. Others also have been booked in Portland in the county jail. At this time because the leadership has all been obtained by authorities, they are not sure who is still at the wildlife refuge.
With the arrest made there is still no indication that the gang has any intention to leave the refuge. The illegal occupiers have been able to come and go freely through the standoff. It has been reported that police convoys are moving around at other locations on the roads to put up roadblocks. Also, where the arrests were made on Highway 395 the police are still there and that part has a roadblock still.
At this time everything is in the air about what will be next. Will the accused now make a show in the courtroom? Who knows, but surely the town is pleased that at least something is being done. There are so many questions at this point about the arrest and about Finicum’s death.
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