On 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.
“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.
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:
— Skook💃🏻 (@skookerG) January 27, 2016
Ammon Bundy Good. Hope you and the rest of the trailer trash enjoy solitary for the next 30+ years.
— Republican Swine (@RepublicanSwine) January 27, 2016
One Facebook page noted:
Zaitz said the militia leaders were on their way to a local community meeting in nearby John Day:
Ammon Bundy and others were expected in John Day for a community meeting Tuesday evening. No details on what's become of that meeting.
— Les Zaitz (@LesZaitz) January 27, 2016
Some had already gathered to protest the meeting:
— Dave Blanchard (@blanchardd) January 27, 2016
Bundy’s last tweet before the incident was a message thanking one supporter for supplies:
One person responded:
I get the feeling the story’s not quite over… Stay tuned…
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