Several of the cowboys who occupied the Malheur refuge in Burns, Oregon to protest the BLM and the federal takeover of Western lands have been arrested, but one is dead, and Ryan Bundy is in the hospital after being shot in the arm.
Shots were reportedly fired after authorities stopped the protestors on U.S. Highway 395 while they were headed to a community meeting in John Day, Ore., on the 24th day of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.
Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana and Shawna Cox were arrested during a stop. These probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 235.
It’s unclear who started the shooting, although sources are reporting that LaVoy Finicum, who gained fame for conducting a TV interview from beneath a blue tarp, was killed.
His daughter said that all six of those arrested witnessed the police killing him in cold blood – shot him in the face. That is uncorroborated.
Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, 45, was also arrested in Burns, Oregon in a separate event.
Finicum was a spokesperson for the group and a Bundy neighbor.
The Arizona rancher was caring for 11 foster children with his wife. He vowed at the start of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Preserve that he was willing to die for his interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, Raw Story reported.
“I have been raised in the country all my life,” Finicum said in a widely viewed television interview with a rifle on his lap. “I love dearly to feel the wind on my face. To see the sun rise, to see the moon. I have no intention of spending any of my days in a concrete box.”
It seems from this that he might have caused his own death.
A law enforcement official told CNN that authorities pulled over two vehicles. Everyone obeyed orders to surrender except two people: LaVoy Finicum and Bundy’s brother, Ryan Bundy, the official said.
Shots were fired, but it’s not known who fired first, the official said. Ryan Bundy was injured and Finicum died, the official added.
Watch Finicum talk about the meeting that was actually a set up reportedly:
In the days before the shoot out, there was a change in the FBI.
In the early days of the occupation, Finicum hinted that he was keen for a swift end to the dispute.
“I need to get home,” he said. “I got cows that are scattered and lost.”
Some of the protesters said that there had been negotiations with the FBI. Finicum said in an interview with The Oregonian newspaper a day before his death that “the tenor has changed, [law enforcement] have become more hardened.”
He added: “They’re doing all the things that show they want to take some kinetic action against us, and we’re saying, ‘Why be so unfriendly?'”
One friend of Finicums who appeared to be in the cabin claimed Finicum held his hands up when he was shot though he did not witness the event.
The group had been allowed to come and go freely until yesterday. Law enforcement apparently had enough.
Pete Santilli, a self-described reporter, who was live streaming, was himself taken into custody, reportedly while trying to get into the cabin to live stream.
He had reported:
“This evening, the FBI made a legal, felony stop on a vehicle carrying Ammon Bundy and several other individuals. After a shoot out with the FBI, four individuals were reportedly taken into custody, including Ammon Bundy. Two individuals are reported to have been taken to the Burns hospital, which is currently on lock down. FBI sources stated that those at the Refuge are currently free to leave unimpeded, implying that there might be action it they do not leave immediately.”
Other reports say that FBI agents have raided the cabin but it’s not known who was in the cabin at the time.
All face federal felony charges and have already been charged with impeding law enforcement.
None of the people involved were from Oregon. They originally said they were there for the benefit of the Hammond family who were treated unfairly by a nasty and over-zealous prosecutor. The Hammonds rejected their help but the group stayed and insisted they would stay until the land taken over by the government was returned.
The large groups of supporters they hoped would join them never came and they turned away at least one armed, sketchy group. They made some foolish, self-destructive videos and became the butt of media jokes.
The west no longer belongs to the cowboys. It belongs to the leftists, to the environmentalists, to the government, to the BLM and to the Marxists. The media reporters who might care will be silenced.
The constitution the cowboys believe in is gone and so is the land. Even our Congress won’t support any of it. Some say Congress is being rolled but they are being rolled because they’ve chosen to be.
Ammon Bundy told his wife that LaVoy Finicum was shot while cooperating and was even shot while on the ground.
Assembywoman Michele Fiore believes Finicum was shot while surrendering.
My heart & prays go out to LaVoy Finicum’s family he was just murdered with his hands up in Burns OR.Ryan Bundy has been shot in the arm
— Michele Fiore (@VoteFiore) January 27, 2016
Constitutional attorney KrisAnn Hall serves as the legal advisor for the Coalition of Western States – COWS – and tweeted:
— KrisAnne Hall (@KrisAnneHall) January 27, 2016
The news reported yesterday that the FBI wanted Finicum for a federal probable cause arrest.
Last week, Oregon’s governor said that she’d had enough of the protest at the refuge in Harney County, in the southeastern corner of her state.
“The residents of Harney County have been overlooked and underserved by federal officials’ response thus far,” Gov. Kate Brown said during a news conference. “This spectacle of lawlessness must end. And until Harney County is free of it I will not stop insisting that federal officials enforce the law.”
Go to 3:48 on Pete Santilli’s livestream in which a woman who works with Sanitlli says they were all giving up peacefully and Finicum was unarmed. At the very end, one man says, “They want you to be afraid so you never speak out against them.” LaVoy believed he was fighting for his freedom and the freedom of others, Santilli said.
The one thing I will say is the Bureau of Land Management is an abusive, out of control agency. They’re armed, heartless bureaucrats who have liberal courts on their side.
The time and place for this stand was not well-thought out in The Sentinel’s opinion and we did not support it but we support their cause, their courage, and their love for the constitution. May LaVoy Finicum rest in peace, may his family find peace, and it is our hope that the federal government will be as kind to those arrested as they have been to the Occupiers of Wall Street who were allowed to take over buildings.