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Ammon Bundy defends brother's actions in jail scuffle

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Ammon Bundy said a confrontation between Ryan Bundy and jail deputies stemmed from his brother's fear that doctors were going to remove a bullet from his shoulder without consent.

In a recorded message posted to the Bundy Ranch Facebook page, the jailed Oregon standoff leader said he was awakened early Tuesday by pounding on his cell door. It was Ryan Bundy, saying U.S. marshals were taking him to the hospital for a surgical procedure.

Deputies said they used force against Ryan Bundy and took him to the ground Tuesday when he became confrontational and refused to put his hands behind his back for a jail transport to the federal courthouse. He was evaluated and cleared by jail medical staff and then taken into U.S. Marshals Service custody. 

Multnomah County Jail spokesman Capt. Steve Alexander said Tuesday he didn't know where Bundy was taken after the altercation. Federal prosecutors declined comment.

Ammon Bundy said investigators want the bullet because it's one fired during the Jan. 26 traffic stop that ended with the Oregon State Police fatally shooting Robert "LaVoy" Finicum.

FBI agents failed to disclose they fired rounds that missed Finicum, and a grand jury has been reviewing their actions.

Ammon Bundy was the leader of a group that took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns in January, resulting in dozens of arrests. 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation contributed to this report. 

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