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Militants remaining at wildlife refuge: We're not going anywhere

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Seven people arrested Tuesday are being held at the Multnomah County Jail in Portland Seven people arrested Tuesday are being held at the Multnomah County Jail in Portland
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The morning after seven militants were arrested and one killed in an altercation with law enforcement, protesters remaining at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in rural Eastern Oregon say they have no plans to leave.

Tuesday, occupation leader Ammon Bundy and others left the refuge to attend a meeting in John Day. On the way there, they encountered law enforcement on Highway 395.

Details of what happened aren't clear, but the FBI said an "enforcement action" led to shots fired and the arrests of seven people, including Ammon Bundy and his brother, Ryan Bundy.

CNN reports LaVoy Finicum, an Arizona rancher who occasionally acted as spokesman for the militant group, was killed in the confrontation. According to Cliven Bundy, father of Ammon and Ryan Bundy, Ammon Bundy called his wife after his arrest and told her Ryan Bundy was shot in the arm and LaVoy Finicum was shot with his hands up. Law enforcement officials have not confirmed that information.

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The arrested militants were in custody at the Multnomah County Jail in Portland Wednesday morning.

Jason Patrick, who remained at the refuge, said the situation was tragic.

"We've been involved with this however long we have now, trying to get a peaceful resolution and that's what everyone says on the inside and that's what's been said on the outside publicly, and now one of my friends is dead," Patrick said. "My thoughts and prayers go out to LaVoy's family. It's a terrible thing that's happened."

The group has been occupying the wildlife refuge since Jan. 2, in protest of the federal government's management of public lands.

A group of militants remained there Wednesday morning and had the entrance to the refuge blocked with a piece of heavy machinery.

The FBI said it had established checkpoints on routes into and out of the refuge, and only Harney County ranchers who own land beyond the checkpoints would be allowed to pass.

FBI and local authorities have scheduled a joint press conference for 11:00 a.m. to provide an update on the situation there.

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