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The last protesters at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge kneeling in prayer after surrendering to the FBI Thursday. The last protesters at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge kneeling in prayer after surrendering to the FBI Thursday.
Jail booking photos of Sandra Anderson, Sean Anderson, Jeff Banta and David Fry. Jail booking photos of Sandra Anderson, Sean Anderson, Jeff Banta and David Fry.
The protesters encampment the morning of their surrender to the FBI. The protesters encampment the morning of their surrender to the FBI.
The FBI set up blockades outside of the camp of the final protesters at the refuge near Burns, Oregon. The FBI set up blockades outside of the camp of the final protesters at the refuge near Burns, Oregon.
One of the final protesters being taken into custody by the FBI. One of the final protesters being taken into custody by the FBI.
BURNS, OR (KPTV) -

After 41 days, the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is over.

The final four protesters surrendered Thursday morning without incident, though not without last minute drama.

Three of the protesters, Sean Larry Anderson, Sandra Lynn Anderson and Jeff Wayne Banta, turned themselves over to agents around 9:40 a.m., with the Andersons walking out together carrying an American Flag.

The final protester, David Lee Fry of Blanchester, Ohio, was taken into custody at 11:00 a.m. after making more demands of federal officials and threatening to harm himself on a live audio stream of the standoff.

The FBI noted that no shots were fired by law enforcement Wednesday or Thursday, and that no one was injured.

FBI officials moved in and placed agents at the barricades Wednesday night immediately ahead and behind the camping area where the protesters were located.

Agents said they had been trying to negotiate with the remaining occupiers in an attempt to avoid any violent confrontation.

Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon said in a statement:

"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."

Following the final surrender of the protesters, the FBI released a statement, noting that is was now a time for "healing, reconciliation amongst neighbors and friends, and allowing for life to get back to normal."

"The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge has been a long and traumatic episode for the citizens of Harney County and the members of the Burns Paiute tribe. It is a time for healing, reconciliation amongst neighbors and friends, and allowing for life to get back to normal. I want to thank our neighbors in eastern Oregon for their patience, resolve, and their kind and welcoming spirit to the many members of federal, county, state, local, and tribal law enforcement who have worked tirelessly to bring this illegal occupation to a conclusion. The fine work of so many dedicated public servants in a difficult endeavor cannot be understated. I am very proud of them all," said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon.

"Much work is left to assess the crime scene and damage to the refuge and tribal artifacts. We are committed to seeing the job done and to pursue justice for the crimes committed during the illegal occupation."

Nevada assembly woman Michele Fiore, evangelist Franklin Graham and Ammon Bundy's lawyer Michael Arnold were all on site and spoke to the protesters prior to them surrendering to officers.

The surrender comes at the same time as the charges against Cliven Bundy, the father of protest leader Ammon Bundy, were released.

Cliven faces charges of conspiracy, assault on a federal officer and obstruction, among other crimes. He was arrested Wednesday night when he landed at Portland International Airport and is being held in the Multnomah County Jail.

Ammon, who had repeatedly called for the remaining protesters to go home following his arrest last month, when fellow occupier LaVoy Finicum was killed after speeding away from a state police road block.

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