Biologists Cody Martz, left, and Taylor McKinnon hold protest signs at the Malheur National Wildlife Reserve on January 16 in Burns, Ore. Ammon Bundy and about 20 other protesters took over the refuge on Jan. 2 after a rally to support the imprisoned local ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr., and his son, Steven Hammond. Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI | License Photo
BURNS, Ore., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- One person is dead, another wounded, and Ammon Bundy and at least eight others were arrested in Oregon late Tuesday away from their armed occupation of a wildlife refuge.
The confrontation took place after a traffic stop by Oregon state troopers where Bundy and some of his group were traveling to a scheduled community meeting in John Day, about 70 miles from their armed camp in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Law enforcement officials said all of the occupiers obeyed orders at the traffic stop except for LaVoy Finicum and Ryan Bundy. Finicum was killed, and Ryan Bundy was wounded.
The FBI had been negotiating with the Bundys and a group of about 20 people protesting prison sentences given to two ranchers, a father and son, convicted of burning public land. They have occupied the refuge since Jan. 2.
The Bundys are the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who had his own showdown with federal authorities at his ranch in 2014.
Ryan Bundy, 43, suffered a minor gunshot wound and was arrested by the FBI at the highway stop.
Ammon Bundy, 40, was also arrested, along with Ryan W. Payne, 32, Brian Cavalier, 44, and Shawna J. Cox, 59. The group was charged with conspiracy to impede federal officers, which is a felony.
Despite reports the police and FBI were forcing the remaining members of Bundy's group to leave or be arrested, occupier Jason Patrick said there was no unusual activity at the refuge.
"It's pretty quiet here," Patrick said.
Occupiers have been moving unfettered by police between the refuge and the town of Burns.