Ammon Bundy And Others Arrested In Oregon, One Militant Killed

The FBI and Oregon State Police announced last night the arrests of six of the antigovernment extremists occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Bend, Ore. including leader Ammon Bundy. 

One militant, Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum, the "militia spokesman," was shot and killed in a confrontation with authorities.

The FBI and Oregon State Police released the following statement:

At approximately 6:30 p.m. (PST), the FBI arrested Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio, in Burns, Oregon. He faces the same federal felony charge as the individuals listed below. The arrest was without incident.

At approximately 4:25 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oregon State Police (OSP) 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.

One individual who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased. We will not be releasing any information about that person pending identification by the medical examiner's office.

One individual suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is currently in custody.

The arrested individuals include:


Booking photographs of Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox, Ryan Waylen Payne, Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy and Peter Santilli.

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, Kanab, Utah 
Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana
These probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 235.

In a separate event in Burns, Oregon, at approximately 5:50 pm, Oregon State Police arrested the following individual:

Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Arizona
All of the named defendants face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies; Oregon State Police; and the United States Attorney's Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

For previous Hatewatch coverage regarding the Bundy occupation see the following: 

(Photo Credit: AP Photo/The Oregonian/Dave Killen)

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