FBI moves in to contain remaining Malheur occupiers


Update (02/11 11:15pm) – All occupiers have peacefully surrendered to the FBI. Thursday morning, three of the four occupiers surrendered to police.

The fourth occupier, identified as David Fry, stayed inside the refuge while live-streaming the situation to over 25,000 listeners. He eventually surrendered without incident around 11am.


Malheur County, Ore. – The FBI says they’ve moved in to contain the remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

According to the FBI, at around 4:30pm on Wednesday, one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside the barricade established by the militia. FBI attempted to approach, but the occupier sped back to the encampment at a high rate of speed.

After that encounter, FBI officials report that agents placed barricades both ahead of and behind the encampment. Negotiations are continuing, and no shots have been fired.

Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon said, “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.”

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