|Ammon (left) and Ryan Bundy: Leaders of the "militiamen" who took over an Oregon wildlife refuge by force of arms.|
Both are now under arrest after a shootout that left one of their followers dead.
Seven Oregon Occupiers Arrested, One Person Killed in Confrontation With PoliceBy Sarah Kaplan
Seven people involved in the armed occupation of a central Ore. wildlife refuge were arrested after a traffic stop during which shots were fired. Another unnamed individual was killed during the confrontation, the FBI and Oregon State Police announced Tuesday.
Authorities said that shots were exchanged during a traffic stop along Highway 395 around 4:25 p.m. local time. Police were carrying out a federal probable cause arrest for a number of people involved in the armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which has been occupied since Jan. 2.
The Oregon State Police said Tuesday night that an incident team has been dispatched to investigate the officer-involved shooting. No law enforcement personnel were injured in the confrontation about 15 miles north of Burns, Ore.
Five people were arrested at that time, including occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy. One person was killed during the exchange of gunfire.
A sixth person involved in the occupation, Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy of Cottonwood, Ariz., was arrested about an hour and a half after the initial confrontation. Shortly after that, a seventh person — Peter Santilli of Cincinnati, Ohio, who is known for live streaming refuge events — was arrested in Burns.
All of people arrested face federal felony charges for conspiracy to impede federal officers.