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“Let me be clear, it is the actions and choices of the armed occupiers of the refuge that has led us to where we are today,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing.
The press conference was held in the wake of a traffic stop on two vehicles carrying Bundy Militia leaders that resulted in the shooting death of one man, a gun shot wound and the arrest of the militia leadership.
“It’s time for everyone involved in this illegal occupation to move on,” said Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward. “There doesn’t have to be bloodshed . . . This occupation and actions of those involved placed a lot of stress on our community.”
Very little discussion was reported of the actual incident, and militia leaders were held at Multnomah County Jail in Portland without bond with no hearing dates yet set.
There was later one indication, however, that they would be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Portland. All were denied bail, with the next hearing date yet to be set.
To view the 32-page criminal complaint and probable cause document, click Militia criminal complaint and probable causes
No questions from reporters were taken at the press conference.
Witness accounts of the fatal shooting of LaVoy Finicum have differed. One account says Finnecum was shot with his hands held above his head. Another account says “NOT.” One source indicates there is a video showing Finicum reaching for his waist, where he had a gun, before he was shot.
Breitzing noted that since “there is an on-going investigation by the Deschutes County Major Crimes Team on behalf of OSP (Oregon State Police) related to this piece of the investigation, I will not be able to comment on the specifics.”
“I would, however, ask for your patience as the shooting investigation works its way through that outside process. At the appropriate time . . . OSP will address the details of the event,” Breitzing said.
U.S. Attorney Bill Williams did not comment specifically on the shooting.
To view a full transcript of the comments made by Breitzing and Williams, click Press conference statements 1 1-27-16.
Militia leader Ammon Bundy was reported to have asked the remaining protesters to go home. In a statement made through his attorney, he said, “To those remaining at the refuge, I love you . . . Let us take this fight from here. Please stand down. Go home and hug your families.”
One source indicates many had already left the refuge overnight. As few as 10 were said to remain there.
Officials said those who had remained would allowed to leave after being identified at check points.
To view the Hill ’n Holler’s previous story on the arrests and shootings, click government-arrests-militia-members-one-killed-one-injured.
Update: Early Thursday eight people left the refuge and were met by FBI and Oregon State Police at checkpoints. Three protesters were arrested, and five were freed. The FBI made probable cause arrests of Duane Leo Ehmer, 45, of Irrigon, Ore., Dylan Wade Anderson, 34, of Provo, Utah, and Jason S. Patrick, 43, of Bonaire, Ga. Patrick had been labeled by some as Bundy’s successor at the refuge. The arrests were without incident, and each chose to turn himself into the agents.
Each man faces one federal felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, the same charge leveled against the protesters arrested Tuesday.
Before the checkpoints were established, several other cars left the refuge without incident, authorities said. Authorities said some left behind their guns.
A few stragglers remain at the refuge. It’s been reported that no children remain.