UPDATE: Final Militia Holdout at Malheur Refuge Taken into Custody by Authorities 

Cliven Bundy Arrested in Oregon, FBI Making Final Moves to End Standoff

click to enlarge ADAM ROSENLUND
  • Adam Rosenlund

UPDATE, Thursday, Feb. 11, noon:
The sole remaining militant occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon surrendered himself to law enforcement Thursday around 11 a.m., Pacific Time.

David Fry, 27, of Blanchester, Ohio, had remained at the refuge following the arrests of Jeff Banta, of Elko, Nev., and Sean and Sandy Anderson, both of Riggins, Idaho, earlier in the day.

Anti-government militia members took over the federal facility in early January, protesting against a range of federal land policies.

In the hours leading up to his surrender, Fry told listeners of a live stream from within the refuge that he was willing to die rather than go to prison. At one point he claimed to be feeling "suicidal." Fry could be heard being handcuffed in the live stream before his connection was lost. He was apparently taken without incident.

Following the end to the six-month occupation, Gavin Seim, who hosted the live stream, and Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore stayed on the line to mourn the failure of the takeover. Seim gave thanks that "enemies of liberty and corrupt government officials weren't able to do [the militants] harm" and laid blame for the standoff on federal officials.

"The government caused this in every facet," he said. "The government is terrorizing the people of America."

ORIGINAL POST, Thursday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m.:

The occupation of an eastern Oregon federal facility took two more melodramatic turns in the past day, as FBI agents arrested notorious Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy when he arrived in the Beaver State, and evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, said he was on his way to Oregon to help end the standoff.

FBI agents announced they had "hemmed in" the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., with armored vehicles.

"We reached a point where it became necessary to take action in a way that best ensured the safety of those on the refuge," FBI agent in charge Greg Bretzing said in a prepared statement.

Meanwhile, Bundy, 74, was arrested the moment he stepped off a plane at the Portland International Airport Wednesday night. The arrest was in connection with outstanding federal charges related to a 2014 standoff at his ranch in Nevada. The elder Bundy has now joined his two sons, Ammon and Ryan, at the Multnomah County Jail. The two sons were arrested in late January on charges of interfering with a federal officer during a standoff that led to the shooting death of another occupier, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum. Law enforcement said Finicum was armed, refused to put down his weapon and ignored demands to surrender.

Meanwhile, The Oregonian reports as many as 60,000 people listened to a live YouTube feed Wednesday afternoon as the remaining four occupiers at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge panicked and yelled at FBI agents who had surrounded the facility.

"Come out with your hands up," one law enforcement officer was heard telling the occupiers. "There's nowhere for you to go."

"What do you want?" said occupier David Fry.

"You guys killed LaVoy," Fry added, and, "You let Obama bring terrorists into our country."

Meanwhile, a federal grand jury has returned indictments against 11 of the occupiers—the four holdouts in addition to those already jailed—on conspiracy to impede federal officers through intimidation, threats or force.
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