Ammon Bundy, the leader of the armed group occupying a federal wildlife refuge near Burns, Oregon, and four others have been arrested by law enforcement amid gunfire, according to the FBI.
At 4:25 pm on Tuesday afternoon, the FBI and Oregon State Police “began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired,” the Bureau said in a statement.
The FBI said one person who was “a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased.” He said they are not releasing any information on the person “pending identification by the medical examiner’s office.”
One person suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is in custody.
The arrested individuals include:
– 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, of Kanab, Utah. – Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana.
According to KATU News, Bundy and the others were arrested near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Shots were fired after FBI agents and Oregon State Police made a traffic stop.
Oregon Live has reported that “self-styled journalist” Pete Santilli said the FBI has told the protesters at the refuge to leave immediately.
However, investigative reporter Les Zaitz, who was reportedly at the refuge, cites a protester as stating that there is no police presence there.
Images posted on social media purport to show a Bundy militia supporter being arrested by law enforcement. However, the FBI confirmed that this arrest took place separately from the one involving Bundy.
According to OPB News, Bundy and other protesters were scheduled to meet at the John Day Senior Center in neighboring Grant County, but Bundy never appeared.
Highways near Burns have been shut down by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Harney District Hospital in Burns is also on lockdown, OPB stated.
Bundy and his band of protesters have been occupying the refuge for weeks now. The group is protesting federal ownership of wide swathes of land in the West and wants to see control of it returned to local and state jurisdiction.