Citizens of Burns torn over occupiers

Burns, Ore. (KTVZ) — Hundreds of people gathered outside the courthouse in Burns, both to protest and support the armed occupation of a national wildlife preserve.

People upset over the police killing of occupier and Arizona rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum held signs Monday at the Harney County Courthouse. They want federal officials to leave the area.

Authorities have said Finicum was shot when he reached for a loaded handgun during a Jan. 26 confrontation with police.

Another large group staged a rally at the courthouse in support of law enforcement and government officials. They held signs and shouted, “Stand down, leave our town.”

Four holdouts are still at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Eleven people connected to the occupation have been arrested, including group leader Ammon Bundy.

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