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Breaking: Ammon Bundy arrested, several followers detained, one dead after shots fired

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BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

6:55 p.m.

Authorities say shots were fired during the arrest of members of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlife refuge in Oregon for more than three weeks.

In a statement Tuesday, the FBI said one individual “who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased.” No other information about the deceased was immediately released.

The FBI said authorities arrested Ammon Bundy, 40, his brother Ryan Bundy, 43, Brian Cavalier, 44, Shawna Cox, 59, and Ryan Payne, 32, during a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 395. Authorities said another person, Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, 45, was arrested in Burns.

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Bundy’s group, which has included people from as far away as Arizona and Michigan, seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2 as part of a long-running dispute over public lands in the West.

Bundy is the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a high-profile 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights.

6:40 p.m.

A more than 50-mile stretch of highway in Oregon has been closed near where an armed group has been occupying a national wildlife refuge.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reported on its website that U.S. 395 was closed between the towns of Burns and John Day on Tuesday evening. The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1UpuciO ) that there had been a meeting scheduled between some members of the group and local residents in John Day on Tuesday night.

Federal and state law enforcement did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

A group led by Ammon Bundy seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns on Jan. 2 as part of a long-running dispute over public lands in the West.

Bundy is the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a high-profile 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights.

CNN – Federal authorities arrested Ammon Bundy, the leader of a group of protesters occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, during a traffic stop Tuesday, a law enforcement official told CNN.

Up to eight of Bundy’s followers were detained, the source said.

Shots were fired after authorities made the stop, according to the source. It’s not clear who fired first.

 

The group of protesters has occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since January 2 to protest federal land policies.

For the rest of the report (mostly background on the occupation), click here.

EARLIER:

BURNS, Ore. — A more than 50-mile stretch of highway in Oregon has been closed near where an armed group has been occupying a national wildlife refuge.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reported on its website that U.S. 395 was closed between the towns of Burns and John Day on Tuesday evening. The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1UpuciO ) that there had been a meeting scheduled between some members of the group and local residents in John Day on Tuesday night.

Federal and state law enforcement did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

A group led by Ammon Bundy seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns on Jan. 2 as part of a long-running dispute over public lands in the West.

Bundy is the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a high-profile 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights.

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