Crime

Bundy arrested, Oregon militia spokesman killed in confrontation; Reportedly shot while holding hands up

bundy3On Tuesday, Les Zaitz reported that Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, the spokesman for the militia members who occupied a federal facility near Burns, Oregon, was killed “after law enforcement officials stopped vehicles about 20 miles north of Burns.”

According to Zaitz, Ammon Bundy told his wife that Finicum was cooperating with authorities at the time and had put his hands up while laying on the ground.

Then, Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore said, Bundy alleged that he saw officers shoot him three times.

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“Definitely a lot of saber rousing going on around us,” Finicum added. “I do believe they’re positioning themselves. There’s definitely a hardening of their postures. They’re bringing in more assets. They’re doing a lot of saber rattling. … We’re just moving forward.”

Ryan Bundy was wounded in the confrontation and received treatment at a local hospital.  He was later released and placed into custody.

Zaitz added:

Also arrested were his brother, Ammon Bundy, 40, of Emmett, Idaho, Ryan W. Payne, 32, of Anaconda, Mont., Brian Cavalier, 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada, and Shawna J. Cox, 59, of Kanab, Utah. They were charged with conspiracy to impede federal officers, a felony.

Reaction was pretty much what one might expect:

One Facebook page noted:

Zaitz said the militia leaders were on their way to a local community meeting in nearby John Day:

Some had already gathered to protest the meeting:

Bundy’s last tweet before the incident was a message thanking one supporter for supplies:

https://twitter.com/Ammon_Bundy/status/692161808266874883

One person responded:

https://twitter.com/thekenriegel/status/692168053665177600

I get the feeling the story’s not quite over… Stay tuned…

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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