Violence seemed to be the likely outcome all along.
Ammon Bundy, son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, was arrested by the FBI Tuesday in eastern Oregon following a fatal shoot out that left one person dead.
Bundy, at the forefront of a 24-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and four others were involved in a traffic stop that erupted into gunfire, leaving one of the anti-government protesters dead, according to Fox News.
The network reported that Bundy, 40, his brother Ryan, 43, Brian Cavalier, 44, Shawna Cox, 59, and Ryan Payne, 32, were arrested by the FBI and Oregon State Police following the exchange of gunfire.
Two other protesters, Joseph O’Shaughnessy, 45, and Peter Santilli, 50,were arrested in the nearby town of Burns, and a third protester, Jon Ritzheimer, 32, later turned himself in, Fox News reported.
All eight 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, according to the FBI.
The Oregonian reported that the man killed in the shootout was Robert Finicum, 55, “who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest.” Ryan Bundy suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was treated at a nearby hospital.
“My dad was such a good good man, through and through,” said Finicum’s daughter, Arianna Finicum Brown. “He would never ever want to hurt somebody, but he does believe in defending freedom and he knew the risks involved.”
Bundy and the other protesters, who call themselves the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, were on their way to the nearby town of John Day to speak at a public meeting on their occupation of the federal wildlife refuge, according to law enforcement officials.
The group began its standoff in protest of federal land restrictions and the prison sentences of two local ranchers convicted of setting fires to clear their land that spread to federally-owned land.
Things remain quiet at the refuge where other protesters are holding out, but a militia network, Operation Mutual Defense, issued a call on its website for help, according to the Oregonian.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called for calm.
“The situation in Harney County continues to be the subject of a federal investigation that is in progress,” she said in a statement. “My highest priority is the safety of all Oregonians and their communities. I ask for patience as officials continue pursuit of a swift and peaceful resolution.”
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