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One Man Killed and Several Arrested by FBI near Burns, OregonSalem-News.com
Arrests Made in the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: Joint Statement by the FBI and OSP
(BURNS, Ore.) - 55-year old Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, of Cane Beds, Arizona was fatally shot by in an event that closed down the highway for 40 miles. Authorities did not release Mr. Finicum’s identity; The Oregonian confirmed the information via family.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at approximately 4:30 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers were involved in an officer-involved shooting during the arrest of several individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The incident occurred on Highway 395, about 20 miles north of Burns. No law enforcement personnel were injured. 43-year old Ryan Bundy, of Bunkerville, Nev., who suffered a minor gunshot wound in the original enforcement action was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was subsequently arrested and is currently in FBI custody.
Ammon Bundy was arrested, but while he sat in the back of a police car, he was apparently able to call his wife. The Oregonian was told by Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore that Ammon Bundy called his wife, Lisa Bundy, from the back of a police car and told her that Mr. Finicum was cooperating with police and had put his hands up.
Bundy reportedly told his wife that he watched police shoot Finicum three times and Finicum was on the ground when he was shot.
Police cameras may reveal more to the story, when and if they are released.
In a separate event in Burns, Oregon, at approximately 5:50 pm, Oregon State Police arrested the following individual:
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.
There were additional people detained from the initial law enforcement action site along Highway 395 and have since been released.
The following probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 395. The arrested individuals include:
At 8:30 p.m, the FBI's Phoenix Division made a probable cause arrest of Jon Eric Ritzheimer, age 32, on a federal charge related to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon. Ritzheimer turned himself into the Peoria, Arizona, police department. The arrest was without incident.
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.
The Deschutes County Major Incident Team will be assisting the Oregon State Police and the Harney County District Attorney's Office with the investigation. The investigation will be conducted in compliance with Senate Bill 111 which outlines protocols to be followed when deadly physical force is used.
The FBI continues 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. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The law enforcement partners involved in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27th.
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