Oregon standoff spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was killed and other leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation were arrested yesterday after the FBI and state police stopped vehicles about 20 miles north of Burns, Or., The Oregonian reports. Ryan Bundy, 43, of Bunkerville, Nv., suffered a minor gunshot wound in the confrontation. Also arrested were his brother, Ammon Bundy, 40, of Emmett, Id., and three others. They were charged with conspiracy to impede federal officers, a felony.
Sources told The Oregonian/OregonLive that Finicum and Ryan Bundy disobeyed orders to surrender and resisted arrest. Finicum, 55, had said Monday that “the tenor has changed” between the occupiers and federal authorities. “They’re doing all the things that shows that they want to take some kinetic action against us,” he said. In the meantime, Operation Mutual Defense, a network of militias and patriot sympathizers, issued a call on its website for help at the refuge. The post was written by Gary Hunt, a board member from California who has expressed support for Timothy McVeigh, who bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City and had ties to the patriot movement.