Anti-Government Militia Leader Ammon Bundy and 8 Others Arrested
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News January 26, 2016
Eight members of a Anti-Government militia that have been occupying federal land in Oregon, including Ammon Bundy, have finally been arrested after nearly a two week standoff with law enforcement, authorities said.
It began with a traffic stop while Bundy and some of his followers were en route to a community meeting at a John Day senior center, about 70 miles north of Burns.
LaVoy Finicum, an outspoken member of the armed group who would often speak at news conferences in place of Bundy, was shot and killed during the confrontation. Ryan Bundy suffered a non-life threatening injury in the shooting.
Ammon Bundy, the son of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who engaged in a armed standoff with the federal government, in 2014.
All eight suspects were hit with a felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through use of force, intimidation, or threats.
The occupation began in early January as a protest against the prison sentences of ranchers Dwight Hammond, Jr. and his son Steven, who were convicted of setting fires on federal lands.