Oregon militant leader Ammon Bundy was taken into custody by federal officials on Tuesday night,the Oregonian reported.
Bundy’s capture was first reported by one of his supporters, Pete Santilli, on a YouTube broadcast.
KATU-TV confirmed Bundy’s arrest, adding that three other people were taken into custody.
The following account was posted on a Facebook page associated with Santilli:
“This evening, the FBI made a legal, felony stop on a vehicle carrying Ammon Bundy and several other individuals.
After a shoot out with the FBI, four individuals were reportedly taken into custody, including Ammon Bundy.
Two individuals are reported to have been taken to the Burns hospital, which is currently on lock down.
FBI sources stated that those at the Refuge are currently free to leave unimpeded, implying that there might be action it they do not leave immediately.”
It’s unclear what led to the traffic stop, but in a statement, the FBI and Oregon State Police described the incident as an “enforcement action.”
Governor Kate Brown scrutinized the lack of federal action against the militia members, calling investigators last week to clear out the refuge.
“The situation in Harney County continues to be the subject of a federal investigation that is in progress,”
Brown said in a statement Tuesday.
“My priority is the safety of all Oregonians and communities.
I ask for patience as officials continue pursuit of a swift and peaceful resolution.”
Three more people associated with the armed militia were arrested in separate incidents following the mass arrests.
A report from the Oregonian stating that militant leader Ryan Payne was shot was later debunked.
Update, 9:43 p.m. EST: also reported that Bundy was captured, citing an unidentified law enforcement official.
OPB also confirmed the news, citing a friend of his.
Update, 10:00 p.m. EST: The Oregonian reportedthat Payne, along with Ammon Bundy and his brother Ryan, were arrested, as were Joe “Captain O” O’Shaughnessy, a member of the Oath Keepers militia group, and Brian Cavalier, a “bodyguard” for the Bundys.
They were all charged with conspiracy to impede a federal officer by force, a federal felony.
One militant was reportedly killed during a shootout with authorities, but their name has not been released.
Update, 10:13 p.m. EST: The FBI and Oregon state police said in a statement that another group member, Shawna Cox, was arrested.
Update, 10:30 p.m. EST: Various reports identified the person killed during the encounter with authorities as LaVoy Finicum, who vowed earlier this month that he would rather die than be arrested.
Bundy’s brother, Ryan Bundy, is among those in custody.
Ryan Payne, Shawna Cox and Bundy’s personal body guard, Brian Cavalier, were also arrested on federal felony charges of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties, federal agents said.
The five, none of whom are residents of Oregon, were apprehended while en route to a community meeting 70 miles north of Burns in John Day.
Harney County authorities would not say where arrested militia members were being housed or when they would be booked into a jail facility.
A media briefing slated for 10:30 a.m. local time Wednesday is expected to reveal more.
After the sweeping arrests, a camera used by Santilli to stream outside a hospital shortly after the traffic stop continued to roll.
The camera was later wielded by a crying woman who took the streaming device into a motel room stocked with boxes of bottled water.
“You know what’s really strange, everyone?
I don’t even know what to say,”
the unidentified woman said.
Bundy and his brothers led the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2 following a rally in defense of two cattle ranchers convicted of arson.