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Report: Standoff spokesman LaVoy Finicum dead; Ammon Bundy arrested near Burns

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Ammon Bundy, the leader of an armed group that has occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since Jan. 2, was taken into police custody in a confrontation with law enforcement that left one person dead.

The FBI and Oregon State Police began an enforcement operation at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 395 that led to shots fired and the arrests of multiple people involved in the weeks-long standoff. 

Investigators did not immediately reveal who shot first, but police said one person who had a federal probable cause arrest warrant was killed. That person has not been identified by police, however CNN, citing a law enforcement official, reported that the person killed was LaVoy Finicum.

Finicum had acted as a spokesman for the group during press conferences, once telling the FBI to, "quit acting as militia and stirring up fear."

Another person was taken to the hospital with injuries described as non-life threatening. No officers were injured. 

Police said seven people were arrested and face felony federal charges 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 State Code, Section 372.

They were identified Tuesday as Bundy, 40, of Emmett, Idaho; Ryan C. Bundy, 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada; Brian Cavalier, 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada; Shawna Cox, 59, of Kanab, Utah; Ryan Waylen Payne, 32, of Anaconda, Montana; Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, 45, of Cottonwood, Arizona. 

Police said O'Shaughnessy was arrested in a separate incident in Burns at 5:50 p.m., while the others were arrested along Highway 395. Peter Santilli, 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio was also arrested separately in Burns. 

Jon Ritzheimer, 32, turned himself in and was arrested in Peoria, Arizona. He faces the same federal felony charges as the other suspects, according to the FBI. He posted a video on his Facebook page Tuesday evening that shows him saying goodbye to his family before his arrest.

CNN reported that Ryan Bundy was the person treated at the hospital for minor injuries. He is now in police custody. 

Highway 395 was shut down for more than 50 miles in the Burns area Tuesday evening. 

St. Charles Medical Center in Bend confirmed they sent a medical helicopter to Harney County and it was on the ground at Harney District Hospital. 

Gov. Kate Brown released the following statement regarding Tuesday's arrests:  

"The situation in Harney County continues to be the subject of a federal investigation that is in progress. My highest priority is the safety of all Oregonians and their communities. I ask for patience as officials continue pursuit of a swift and peaceful resolution."

The situation in Harney County began this month when the group, led by Ammon Bundy, took over the rural refuge in the southeastern part of the state to protest federal land policies.

Since then, Gov. Kate Brown, Harney County Sheriff David Ward and members of the community have called for the group to leave, while the Burns Paiute Tribe expressed "grave concern" about the handling of cultural artifacts at the refuge headquarters. 

However, Ammon Bundy and the other occupiers remained defiant.

"It just again shows the ignorance of some of our elected officials," Bundy told the Associated Press last week in response to the governor's call for action against his group. "It's just amazing that she would just disregard the Constitution to the point where she would think it would be OK to give the federal government that authority to come in and take some dynamic action or something like that."

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