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The Facts: Breakdown of last night’s shootout that left militia spokesman dead, leader Bundy arrested

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BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The FBI has arrested the leaders of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlife refuge in Oregon for more than three weeks. Here is a rundown of how the arrests and their aftermath:

WHAT HAPPENED?

Militant leader Ammon Bundy and his followers were reportedly heading to a community meeting Tuesday in a small community near the wildlife refuge to explain to local residents their views on federal management of public lands. In a statement, the FBI and Oregon State Police said police arrested Ammon Bundy, his brother, Ryan, and three others during a traffic stop north of Burns. Authorities said an adult male suspect was killed and another suffered non-life threatening injuries when shots were fired. Authorities didn’t identify the person killed, but the Oregonian reports it was an Arizona rancher. Arianna Finicum Brown told the newspaper that the man killed was her father — 55-year-old Robert “LaVoy” Finicum of Cane Beds, Arizona. LaVoy Finicum was a frequent and public presence at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, often speaking

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum carries his rifle after standing guard all night at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore.  The FBI and Oregon State Police arrested the leaders of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlife refuge for the past three weeks during a traffic stop that prompted gunfire, and one death, along a highway through the frozen high country. The Oregonian reported that  Finicum was the person killed, citing the man's daughter.  (AP photo/Rick Bowmer)
FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum carries his rifle after standing guard all night at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore. The FBI and Oregon State Police arrested the leaders of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlife refuge for the past three weeks during a traffic stop that prompted gunfire, and one death, along a highway through the frozen high country. The Oregonian reported that Finicum was the person killed, citing the man’s daughter. (AP photo/Rick Bowmer)

WHY DID AUTHORITIES TAKE ACTION NOW?

The FBI didn’t say Tuesday, although federal officials had come under increasing pressure from Oregon’s governor and local leaders to do something. Bundy’s group had been free to come and go. They’d held frequent news conferences at the site, travelled to meet with sympathizers and others to espouse their views and some even attended a community meeting last week, where local residents shouted at them to leave. Bundy had been in contact with an FBI negotiator and local law enforcement.

FILE - In a Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 file photo, Ammon Bundy speaks during an interview at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, near Burns, Ore. Authorities said Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, that Bundy, leader of the armed Oregon group, has been arrested. 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. 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 on U.S. Highway 395 Tuesday afternoon.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
FILE – In a Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 file photo, Ammon Bundy speaks during an interview at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, near Burns, Ore. Authorities said Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, that Bundy, leader of the armed Oregon group, has been arrested. 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. 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 on U.S. Highway 395 Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

HOW DID THIS BEGIN?

The group took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2 after a peaceful protest in nearby Burns, Oregon, over the conviction of two local ranchers on arson charges. Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son Steven Hammond, 46, said they lit fires on federal land in 2001 and 2006 to reduce the growth of invasive plants and protect their property from wildfires. The two were convicted three years ago. But in October, a federal judge ruled their terms were too short under U.S. law and ordered them back to prison for about four years each. Among the demands by the Bundy group is for the Hammonds to be released.

WHAT CHARGES DO THOSE ARRESTED FACE?

The FBI said the people arrested face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE REFUGE NOW?

It was unclear how many people remained in the buildings at the refuge. Late Tuesday night there was no obvious police presence there and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown asked for “patience as officials continue pursuit of a swift and peaceful resolution.”

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  1. So this story starts out: Here’s what happened…. the rest was uninformative at best. Sounds like a bunch of double speak BS. Says nothing about what actually occurred. Sounds more like the Gov’t (state and Fed) were frustrated and decided to teach these guys a lesson for defying them and used the meeting as a setup. But we’ll see if more comes out. Supposedly ABC has the whole thing on tape but it will probably disappear.

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