In early January, a group of armed protesters took over an unoccupied federal building in Oregon. Well tonight, it may have all come to an end…
Many of the protesters have been taken into custody and one is dead.
Federal authorities arrested Ammon Bundy, the leader of a group of protesters occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, during a traffic stop Tuesday, a law enforcement official told CNN.
Up to eight of Bundy’s followers were detained, the source said.
Shots were fired after authorities made the stop, according to the source. It’s not clear who fired first.
The group of protesters has occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since January 2 to protest federal land policies.
Bundy, son of controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and others started out protesting the sentencing of Dwight Hammond and his son Steven, ranchers convicted of arson on federal lands in Oregon.
But a march supporting the Hammonds led to the armed occupation of the refuge, with occupiers decrying what they call government overreach when it comes to federal lands.
One person is additionally dead.
We will continue to post updates on the situation — please keep checking back.
Our prayers go out to the loved ones of the deceased.