The FBI arrested militia leader Ammon Bundy and several of his militia members at an armed standoff in Oregon Tuesday night. One person was shot and killed.
The victim was identified as Robert "LaVoy" Finicum aged 55, who served as the group's spokesman.
Bundy and his band of protesters — who have been occupying a remote wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon since Jan. 2 — were arrested during a traffic stop along US Highway 395 while on their way to a meeting with locals in the town of John Day.
Shots were fired during the arrests, leaving one militia member dead and another wounded.
Ammon Bundy's brother Ryan was also wounded.
In addition to Ryan, 43, and Ammon, 40, authorities arrested Brian Cavalier, 44, Shawna Cox, 59, and Ryan Payne, 32. Two others, Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, 45, and Peter Santilli 50, were arrested in nearby Burns.
The militia face several serious charges.
Ammon Bundy and the others arrested face federal felony charges of conspiracy to impede the duties of federal officials through the use of force, intimidation or threats, the FBI said.
The arrests did not end the siege at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, as other Bundy supporters had stayed behind.
Law enforcement officers occupied the refuge after the arrests were made and it was unclear how many militia members were left. Bundy father Cliven, told the Los Angeles Times that the arrests were not in vain.
“I have some sons and other people there trying to protect our rights and liberties and freedoms,” he said. “And now we’ve got one killed, and all I can say is, he’s sacrificed for a good purpose.”