Morning update from Oregon Public Broadcasting:
Leaders of the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge – including Ammon and Ryan Bundy – were arrested along Highway 395 between the towns of John Day and Burns, according to the FBI and Oregon State Police.
Police said those arrested will face felony charges. All of the individuals arrested in Oregon were booked into Multnomah County Jail around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
With the armed occupiers’ leadership in custody and another dead, the future of the occupation is unclear.
The FBI has yet to confirm the man killed was LaVoy Finicum, known as “Blue Tarp Man” since an interview with MSNBC went viral earlier this month in which he was seen hiding under a blue tarp with a gun in his lap. On January 6, Finicum told NBC News there was no way he'd go to jail:
Asked if he would rather be killed than be arrested — were the occupation to turn violent — 54-year-old occupier LaVoy Finicum, said: "Absolutely ... I have no intention of spending any of my days in a concrete box."
"There are things more important than your life and freedom is one of them," he said. "I'm prepared to defend freedom."
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