The FBI is telling the remaining occupiers of an Oregon federal wildlife to leave the area after its leaders were arrested in a violent shootout with police.
Federal and local officials announced early Wednesday morning that Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who has served as a spokesman for the group, was killed Tuesday night by police during a traffic stop that turned violent about 50 miles from the refuge.
Law enforcement had not released Finicum’s name initially. He had stated previously that he’d prefer to die than to be arrested, according to the Oregonian.
Six others, including militia leader Ammon Bundy and his brother Ryan Bundy, both sons of famed Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, were arrested, and Ryan Bundy was also shot. Two others were arrested elsewhere.
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Law enforcement surrounded the refuge and blocked off access roads on Tuesday evening, after occupation leader Ammon Bundy and his group were taken into custody at a traffic stop along Highway 395.
Citing the investigation, authorities declined to say what led to the fatal shooting of one member of Bundy’s group, identified by activists as Robert LaVoy Finicum, a rancher who acted as a spokesman for the occupiers.