The Oregon standoff leader and up to six of his closest lieutenants have been arrested in a deadly clash with police.
Ammon Bundy and an armed militia group have been occupying a Federal Wildlife reserve since the beginning of the month.
Speaking on Drex Live tonight, Cole Miller, a reporter with KOIN 6 in Portland says the incident unfolded around 4:30 this afternoon, when Bundy and his group were headed up to a small town called ‘John Day.’
“They were on highway 395 when they were involved in a traffic stop. That’s when shots were fired. This is a traffic stop that was Organized by the FBI and Oregon State police.”
A press release attributed to the FBI and Oregon State police says shots were fired during the arrest, and that one person was killed and another injured.
BREAKING: FBI, Oregon State Police say one killed, five people injured in shootout re: armed Malheur occupation pic.twitter.com/niGUDvbowT
— Mark Berman (@markberman) January 27, 2016
The Oregonian reports that the dead man is Rober ‘LaVoy’ Finicum, who has been the spokesperson for the occupation. It also reports Ryan Bundy, Ammon’s brother suffered a minor gunshot wound in the conflict.
It’s not clear yet who fired first.
LISTEN: Drex speaks with KOIN 6 Portland reporter Cole Miller about the arrests
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Bundy and his followers have been occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon since January 02.
The group began by initially protesting the sentencing of a pair of ranchers, jailed for setting fire to federal land.
That escalated to an armed occupation of the wildlife reserve as a more general protest against federal land-use policies.