One man is dead and eight have been arrested after a militia group fighting the government in Oregon came face-to-face with the FBI on Jan. 26. The members of the occupational group were on their way to a community meeting when the shootout occurred.
The standoff between the government and protesters in Oregon came to a head on Jan. 26, as a traffic stop turned into a shootout with the FBI, leaving one dead and resulting in eight men being arrested. Tension has been building for weeks between the government and a group from Burns, Oregon calling themselves the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom.
LaVoy Finicum was killed in the shootout, and group leader Ammon Bundy and his brother, Ryan Bundy, along with six other supporters, were arrested while on their way to a meeting with members of the community. Finicum had been somewhat of a spokesperson for the group, which had been occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since Jan. 2, despite being asked by community members to leave.
The militia group was protesting the federal government allegedly taking land illegally from private ranchers in Oregon and other locations in the West, but the group was also defending two local ranchers who had been imprisoned for starting a fire that had spread to federal land. The eight men arrested face federal felony charges of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their duties by using force, intimidation or threats
Community members had been wondering for weeks when law enforcement would take action, but government officials have maintained that they’re hoping for a peaceful resolution. It is unclear who fired first in the standoff, but the FBI has confirmed that shots occurred “during the course of the arrest,” according to the New York Times. A spokesperson for the occupiers still at the refuge said they were “prepared but calm,” and planned to wait out the night, although he did not make it clear whether the group was going to stay there long-term now that their leader has been killed.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked at what went down in Oregon?