Shots Fired Near Oregon Militia Refuge Occupation, Hospital on Lockdown

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OREGON — **UPDATE 3: Family confirms to NBC LaVoy Finicum, 54, was killed in confrontation with authorities.

UPDATE 2: One dead, six arrested in traffic stop near wildlife refuge occupation. Militia leaders Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Ryan Payne in custody. The deceased suspect was not identified.

UPDATE 1: Peter Santilli, who runs independent radio service, said those at refuge were told by FBI to leave now.**

According to multiple reports, the leader of the armed occupation at Malheur Wildlife Refuge has been arrested, other individuals Tuesday evening. The leader, Ammon Bundy, had been involved in a confrontation following a traffic stop. Up to eight of Bundy’s followers were detained, CNN reported.

Shots were fired during the incident although it was unclear who fired first.

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(OPB – UPDATE (6:03 pm): “Ammon had a meeting in John Day. Somewhere along 395 there was a shooting. Nobody has confirmed Ammon was involved. No one has reported back from his detail or anybody that was with him that there was any trouble,” said Anthony Bosworth a Yakima Washington resident who’s been at the occupied Malheur Refuge and said he was near by.

Ammon Bundy was not in John Day for a scheduled meeting between community members and the militants.

Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said he plans to issue a press release shortly.

OPB has confirmed that the Harney District Hospital in Burns is on lockdown. The Oregon Department of Transportation also closed down the intersection of US 395 and US 20 near Burns

Armed occupants took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge at the beginning of the month. It’s unclear if the hospital lockdown and highway closure are related.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

(Photo: KION)

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