FBI and Oregon State Police Arrest Bundy Brothers, Two Others After Traffic Stop Shootout; One Dead
One person is dead and several others have been detained following a traffic stop and shootout in Harney County, Oregon, after FBI and state police attempted to stop Ammon Bundy and four other people en route to a community meeting in John Day, Oregon. Members of the group were scheduled to speak at a meeting with authorities in John Day.
This comes 25 days after armed men, led by Bundy, occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, apparently in protest to the arrest of two local ranchers, who were imprisoned for starting fires on federal land. They brought their weapons with them, leading to a long standoff with law enforcement, supported by militants from across the country who joined up to “protect the constitution.”
The occupation led to the coining of the term “Y’all Qaeda,” and was filled with scenes such as Bundy facing chants of “go” at a community meeting after promising that the militants would leave if the community wanted them to (they didn’t); militants being arrested for repainting and using federal vehicles from the refuge; and videos like the following.
It is unclear at the time of writing who fired the first shots, but in the end, the FBI and Oregon State Troopers apprehended Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox, and Ryan W. Payne. All five face federal felony charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats.
The sixth person with Bundy was the subject of a federal probable cause arrest, and his or her identity has not yet been released.