FBI Arrests Oregon Militia Leader, Six Others; One Shot Dead

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“They're doing all the things that shows that they want to take some kinetic action against us,” Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, spokesperson for the militiamen occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge said on Monday, in an interview that would be his last.

Finicum was shot and killed on Tuesday in a deadly traffic stop some 70 miles north of Burns, Oregon where protests in support of two ranchers sentenced to prison for arson precipitated the occupation of a remote federal building by armed militiamen earlier this month.

The occupiers were led by Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy who became something of a folk hero after he secured the release of his cattle from federal authorities who had seized the herd for “trespassing” on government property.

The standoff involving the wildlife preserve had drug on for three weeks with Bundy and his men demanding the release of the jailed ranchers and a dialogue with the government about land use and states' rights.

Many feared the confrontation would eventually turn violent and that is indeed what happened on Tuesday afternoon when the FBI stopped a vehicle carrying Bundy, his brother, Finicum, and others who were apparently en route to a nearby “public event.”

The leaders were on the highway bound for John Day, where they were scheduled to participate in an evening community meeting set up by local residents,” The Oregonian reports. “A crowd of several hundred had gathered at the John Day Senior Center and were subsequently told the the ‘guest speakers’ would not be appearing.”

“The meeting devolved into a shouting match between supporters and detractors of Mr. Bundy when those inside learned of his arrest,” WSJ says.

“The highway was blocked for a 40-mile stretch between Burns and John Day [where] police were stationed near Seneca, a small city of 200 south of John Day, with long guns,” The Oregonian continues, describing the palpable tension.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer - who had called for the release of the jailed ranchers to end the standoff - was present as well.

Prior to his arrest on Tuesday, Bundy had been negotiating with the FBI, suggesting that an end to the protracted dispute could be near, but Finicum dashed those hopes on Friday when he said that anyone “who’s worried that we are about to negotiate a withdrawal with the FBI, that is not the case.” Subsequently, he demanded that the bird sanctuary where the men are camped out be surrendered to Harney County.

Also arrested on Tuesday was Jon Ritzheimer, who famously lost his cool in a video taped message filmed at the preserve where militia leaders were upset that detractors were sending them boxes filled with sex toys. Ritzheimer surrendered to police in Arizona.

All of those arrested are charged with conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S. from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats—a felony.

"Agents with the FBI stopped the vehicle, at which point one of the individuals in the vehicle pulled out a weapon," WSJ says. "At that point, FBI agents fired [and] the individual who was brandishing the weapon suffered fatal injuries, officials said." The group and its supporters contest that account.

Here is the last interview Finicum gave before he was killed.

Also shot was Ammon Bundy's brother Ryan. He was treated and released. Here are the Bundy brothers' mugshots:

“I've heard 'peaceful resolution' for weeks now and now there’s a cowboy who is my friend who is dead – so prepare for the peaceful resolution,” Jason Patrick, one of the remaining occupiers told Reuters by phone in what certainly sounds like a veiled threat. 

Here are images from the scene of the shooting:

As for what coomes next, "FBI agents were setting up a perimeter on Tuesday night around the wildlife refuge, where some people were still holding out," Reuters notes. 

"I don't know what to tell you but if somebody saying 'peaceful resolution' comes in and points guns at me..." the abovementioned Jason Patrick said.

He didn't finish his sentence.

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Full statement from the FBI

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.

At approximately 4:25 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oregon State Police (OSP) began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired.

One individual who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased. We will not be releasing any information about that person pending identification by the medical examiner’s office.

One individual suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is currently in custody.

The arrested individuals include:

  • Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
  • Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
  • Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
  • Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
  • Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana

These probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 395.

In a separate event in Burns, Oregon, at approximately 5:50 p.m., Oregon State Police arrested the following individual:

  • Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Arizona

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.

We continue 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. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Silver Bug's picture

This is freedom? Good luck with getting that back. Unfortunately, unless something drastic is done and soon. This country is toast. Unfortunately, I wouldn't hold your breath.



mustamakkara's picture

If this won't spark a revolution all hope is lost.

JRobby's picture

Federal Law Enforcement

Look up the number of unjustified FBI suspect shootings in history

Dental Floss Tycoon's picture

This incident is about way more that a few disidents making a statement.

These good ol' boys got way in over their heads on this one. They got in front of a train they did not even see coming.

It involves Hilary Clinton taking bribes to allow 20 percent of the US uranium production to be sold to Russia. Turns out the occupied land is to be turned into a massive open pit yellow cake mine.

Some one should make a movie out of this.

If you want to learn more here is a link to get you started.





Harlequin001's picture

Either he's gurnin or Ryan Bundy has had a battering with the ugly stick.

That is one ugly fuckin dude...

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture




link to govt documents showing prosecution engaged in misconduct


oh and they arrested pete too...


fucking fascist swine

Sellamillionfishbymail's picture
Sellamillionfishbymail (not verified) InTheLandOfTheBlind Jan 27, 2016 9:38 AM

Those photos look like tv spot for a crime drama.

I'm calling bullshit.

Save_America1st's picture

"where they were scheduled to participate in an evening community meeting set up by the FBI"


there...fixed it for them.

McCormick No. 9's picture

This is a sad day. I'm afraid it is going to be followed by sadder ones. The thing about war is that everyone involved loses all room to maneuver peacefully. Ranchers and farmers lost that maneuvering room this year, with the veto of the anti-WOTUS bill by Traitor Obama. Now the EPA, no the ARMED EPA, will come onto your farm or ranch, shoot your wife and children, and take you prisoner, so that they can electrocute your testicles and confiscate your property. This will not end well. People are not going to go peacefully. people are studying Committees of Safety and how to set them up. 

Besides this, the standoff is not over. I am sad and worried. I can't joke about this. Tyrants must behave tyrannically. It is the nature of them to do so. What we are seeing is the beginning of bad times.

McCormick No. 9's picture

Oh, and another thing. Keep an eye on Ryan Payne. If he gets off, released fo cooperation, has his sentence commuted, given less time, etc etc, then you'll know who was behind this tragedy. Ryan Payne has been fingerd before (check it out) as an agent provocateur. Some one was. The whole refuge takeover was one of the most tactically and strategiclly stupid stunts ever pulled. The Bundy's seem smarter than this. Ryan Payne admitted the he was intrumental in the advance planning of this takeover. Was he the one who said it was OK to galivant around the countryside in automobiles whern 500 armed federal agants were loooking for a way to "decapitate" the leadershp?

I could be wrong. I hope I'm wrong. But just sayin'.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

World history, at least when carefully read between the lines, is full of agent provocateurs and planted operatives. The biggest enemy of any 'movement' can be found within. Read recently updated histories of the Weather Underground, the Black Panthers and so on for a revealing look into how the Empire disables 'threats'.

LawsofPhysics's picture

"through the use of force, intimidation, or threats" -  Yes, this is in fact how the state conducts business on a daily basis.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Handful of Dust Jan 27, 2016 10:47 AM

Finally!...  A government agent killing people that leftists cheer about.


Hands up!  Don't shoot!

I need more asshats's picture

#FBI needs to be brought to justice and taught a lesson!

Dental Floss Tycoon's picture

I am not eloquent enough to say how I feel so I will resort to a quote.

"O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,

That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,--
Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue--
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth

With carrion men, groaning for burial."


McCormick No. 9's picture

Why were the seven arrested taken to MULTNOMAH COUNTY? That is PORTLAND! They were arrested in John Day County! Something is up with this. Get them out of the jurisdiction of a Constitutional Sherrif!

"...For transporting us beyond the Seas to be tried for pretended Offenses:"

-from the Declaration of Independence. And a comment:

"British policy allowed Americans to be transported to England at the desire of either prosecutor or defendant in trials of persons charged with having committed murder in the course of suppressing a riot or enforcing revenue laws. Americans charged with crime subject to trial in the military courts could also be transported far from the scene of the actual crime to stand trial. And, Americans could also themselves be shipped to England to stand trial for certain crimes against the King's property, for example His Majesty's ships or other military equipment."

Son of Loki's picture

Hopefully Barry calls on the doj's Loretta Lynch to launch a full invesitgation into this senseless murder.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Slavery ...  Public Execution is Freedom

WordSmith2013's picture

LaVoy Finicum: ‘Shot down like a dog with his hands in the air … after he fell, they pumped up to 6 more rounds into him”



Muh Raf's picture

I am sick to the core at some of the comments being posted on the dead man's facebook page and the youtube video of his family singing a hymn. Calling the man a terrorist and stating that he deserved to die. It's about time that everyone wakes up to the fact that the pandoras box of extrajudicial killng has been opened and unless and until due process is implemented, NOT recognised, as a right for everyone, then the US government has de-criminalised cross hairs on everyone. By the way all you feds violating your oath to God defend the constitution - He's watching you and biding His time 'coz give 'em enough rope....

Socratic Dog's picture

Always +1 for a Shakespeare quotation.

Those fuckers must have been sorely disappointed they had no opportunity to burn women and children alive.

AmericanFUPAcabra's picture

Him or Pete Santilli. That guy is a serious fishy dude and has been pulled over more than once in traffic stops in the last month with his "co-star" under her real name. Funny thing hes always inserts himself into these events, fans the fire and makes it a bigger spectacle (for ratings?)... dude is shady as fuck

cheka's picture

eye witness account - she tells VERY different story.  don't know what to think -


Implied Violins's picture

Santilli is definitely government COINTELPRO. Check out the first couple pages of this thread to see just what a piece of work he is:


His arrest is probably just kabuki theater.

Poundsand's picture

Note the Oregon State Patrol and the FBI.  FBI can make up their own rules of engagement.  Go back and read the ROE's for the Ruby Ridge incident.  Shoot on sight. 

So bad in fact, that some of the FBI refused to follow them.  But some did not, thus the dead wife and son.  Oh, and because in the good 'ol US of A the government said it legal, it was... well legal.

That is the issue, when only they can decide what is legal, they will eventually be the only legal ones.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Everything the Empire does is 'legal', even if it is declared after the fact. Rarely is it moral or just.

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Quit crying over these humps! They left their siege to drive 70 miles to get sucked off by their fans. Tells you all you need to know about these puds. If you don't want to get killed, don't threaten to shoot FBI agents and talk so much shit.

FreedomGuy's picture

You mean like Black Lives Matter?

Tall Tom's picture



The FBI set up an ambush to shoot them dead.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Exactly! Coincidentally, they were on route to meet with the Criminal Murderous Feds.

chunga's picture

I think this is a live stream.


edit: sorry it's not live

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

i remember arguing with you over einstein (who i still cant stand even if what i can't stand about relativity wasn't explicity said by him but induced by others... anyways)  glad to see we are on the same side on this one...


btw off topic, my main problem with relativity is the absence of the aether... michelson morley (even according to the military) proved nothing

Tall Tom's picture

Actually the ether exists as demonstrated by US Navy physicists using the Michelson Moreley setup.


I am aware of that study. (And I do not recollect arguing about relativity with you as i would have conceded that point...)


But Relativity is not perfect. It is just a better model than the Newtonian model.


But we probably debated the existence of God if i recollect correctly. I have used that model to describe the attributes.


You are an atheist if I correctly recollect.


Setting all of that aside...this is outragous and I am aghast at this murder.



InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

thanks for bringing the navy report into this... great research


but i am not an atheist... bible believer... (protestant/baptist... sola scriptura)


i connected einsteins relativty to moral relativity that is destroying this nation


our measurements may be relative but YHWH is the author of time and that time is absolute... my humble opinion

Tall Tom's picture

There is one constant and that is light.


God is the Light and in Him there is no darkness.


No. Moral Relativity is not connected to the Relativity of Reference frames.


And there is no time at Light Speed....as well as no distance. One can be everywhere at once...in an instant. Mass is converted to Infinite Energy.


Omnipresence...Omniscience...Omnipotence. Light has all of those qualities.


Yes. God is the Light.

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

they are not directly connected, but those that wish to argue that man is the measure of all things use both einstein's relativity and moral relativity to try to justify themselves...


nothing has broken the speed of light in a vacuum (yet) but the speed of light has been exceeded in a medium

see cherenkov radiation (assuming that you are already aware)

also electron tunnelling seems odd... and the instananeous action of gravity that has led to warped thinking like space being curved (i am with tesla on this one)

and yes God is light and life and truth and the author of all creation.. He rights the rules of nature... 

detached.amusement's picture

time is an artifact of spacetime; consciousness has no time component, hence "the present" 


 if only bible thumpers would be so critically minded of metaphysics as they are physics, they'd be blasphemerous also

FreedomGuy's picture

This is my problem with the accounts. I am not clear on exactly why they were stopped. The accounts I read just call it a "traffic stop." Really? What kind of traffic stop is that? Were they speeding? Was it a DUI checkpoint? Did they pass in a no-passing zone? What kind of traffic stop gets you shot? Will they shoot jay-walkers, next?

The other possibility is stopped because of who they are. Was there a proper warrant for their arrest? Did they get notiified which is a chance to come along peacefully? If this is the case why not wait till they got to their destination which I believe was meeting with the Feds. Can you imagine driving along, probably armed, going to talk with government authorities and someone stops your car and says "You're under arrest..."? I think I would not necessarily submit or suggest that they follow me to the meeting.

Generally, you only get arrested for actual violence during protest. To my knowledge these guys had not set anything on fire, turned over cars or looted buildings like leftist protesters.

My gues is that the cops are all working on aligning their stories to cover themselves and their bosses. I will be interested to hear the story of the witnesses.

The USSA is getting to be a rough place for those who like freedom.

Dental Floss Tycoon's picture

One take away here is to always remember that if you lie to an official you have committed a felony, but they may lie to you with impunity. Officers are under no legal obligation to tell you the truth.




joe6px's picture

Because they said they can.  See advisory under statement in link:


FMR Bankster's picture

I love the shots fired quote. Gives the impression there was a gun battle when only one side fired shots. The FBI and their wanna be local helpers. I'm not for occupying Federal land because there's a lot better ways to protest federal land policy but this is typical federal action. For those of you too young to remember google History of Ruby Ridge.

Save_America1st's picture

He had a stroke a while back, ya ignorant wretch.

NoPension's picture

My curiosity got me.
When he was 7, he was hit by a car, and it stopped on his head.
A bone chip was pinching a nerve. They found it after years. Considering, I think he looks not bad.

I'll leave it at that.