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Remaining occupiers at OR wildlife refuge to turn themselves in Thursday morning

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(Courtesy: Oregonian/Thomas Boyd) (Courtesy: Oregonian/Thomas Boyd)
(Courtesy: Oregonian/Thomas Boyd) (Courtesy: Oregonian/Thomas Boyd)

Forty days after the occupation of a rural Oregon wildlife refuge began, the FBI has surrounded the four remaining people who had refused to leave but are now saying they will turn themselves into the FBI Thursday morning.

According to a YouTube livestream, the last four remaining people said they will give themselves up at 8 a.m. and will meet the FBI at a checkpoint.

This happened after the FBI reported that one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside the barricades established by the militia at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Agents attempted to approach the driver, but said he returned to the encampment at the refuge at a high rate of speed.

By Wednesday evening, the FBI reported that it had moved to contain the remaining occupiers by placing agents at barricades immediately ahead and behind the area where they are camping.

"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, in a statement.

FOX 12 has learned the occupiers are waiting for Nevada assembly woman, Michele Fiore and Ammon Bundy's lawyer, Michael Arnold to arrive in Burns.

Cliven Bundy, Ammon's father, is also on his way to Burns.

Four people have remained at the refuge following the arrests of group leader Ammon Bundy and others on Highway 395 on Jan. 26. The confrontation with law enforcement led to the shooting death of group spokesman LaVoy Finicum, who the FBI said was armed and reaching for his pocket containing a loaded gun at the time he was shot.

Bundy has repeatedly called for the remaining occupiers to return home. Bundy and the other occupiers who have been arrested face charges of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats.

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