The drama has been playing out on a live stream feed from the area. It’s being run by members of the so-called “patriot” militia.
The group’s current leader, identified as Blaine Cooper, said protesters are going to fight and die there, according to the feed.
Federal and state authorities arrested Ammon Bundy, leader of a “patriot” militia, his brother Ryan Bundy and somewhere between four and eight other supporters, according to various reports.
The brothers were stopped in route to a community meeting. Shots were fired and the latest reports say one person was killed and one person was wounded. The dead man has been identified by authorities as LaVoy Finicum, the group’s spokesman.
The wounded man has only been identified as a protester.
John Ritzheimer, a supporter, was arrested separately in Arizona.
A live stream reporter has been in contact with protesters still barricaded in the refuge center.
Based on his reporting, the FBI has offered not to press charges against those still at the center, if they leave immediately. The facility has been surrounded by law enforcement authorities, according to ABC news.
The protesters stormed the wildlife refuge center on Jan. 2 to protest federal land use, The Bundys and armed members of the so-called “American Patriot Movement” had taken over the complex of buildings and vowed to kill anyone who tried to remove them forceably,
The situation took a dramatic turn yesterday (Jan. 26) at around 4:25 pm, when federal agents and state police intercepted the Bundys and several other supporters in a traffic stop.
Protest supporters claim that Finicum was shot while he had his hands in the air, but so far there has been no independent confirmation of that report.
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