News Release from FBI – Oregon
Posted on FlashAlert: February 10th, 2016 6:18 PM
At approximately 4:30 pm (Pacific) on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside the barricades established by the militia at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. FBI Agents attempted to approach the driver, and he returned to the encampment at the refuge at a high rate of speed.
At this time, the FBI has moved to contain the remaining occupiers by placing agents at barricades both immediately ahead of and behind the area where the occupiers are camping. Negotiations between the occupiers and the FBI continue. No shots have been fired.
“It has never been the FBI’s desire to engage these armed occupiers in any way other than through dialogue, and to that end, the FBI has negotiated with patience and restraint in an effort to resolve the situation peacefully. However, we reached a point where it became necessary to take action in a way that best ensured the safety of those on the refuge, the law enforcement officers who are on scene, and the people of Harney County who live and work in this area,” said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.
Wednesday marks day 40 of the occupation of the refuge.
Further updates will be released as appropriate.
The four remaining occupiers have already been indicted on the same federal felony conspiracy charges as Ammond Bundy and eleven others already taken into custody.
There is a livestream from the refuge.
The occupiers, who have refused to leave the refuge for 40 days, are now claiming that they are being “held hostage.”
The FBI loudspeakers are asking them to surrender peacefully. At least one of the occupiers is saying that he has a gun in reach and that he’ll “take out the FBI with him.” A woman named Sandy is saying that she will not put down her guns or go to jail, and said she “doesn’t want to be part of this world.”
They’re not being rational. This could get bad.