9:30 PM: Special Agent in Charge Bretzing has just concluded his press conference. He started by clarifying that there are still four people left occupying the refuge and they are still trying to bring that to a peaceful resolution. He did show edited for time video from one of the two surveillance planes (the one with the better resolution video) of the stops and then the shooting of Lavoy Finicum. Special Agent in Charge Bretzing’s full prepared remarks and the full unedited video can be found at the FBI’s Portland Field Office website. He made it clear that Mr. Finicum was shot by Oregon State Police Officers and that there is an ongoing shooting investigation which limited what he could and could not say about the incident.
It was clear in the video that Ryan Payne exited the vehicle and was safely taken into custody. After about four minutes of standing after Payne is taken into custody, Finicum sped away and then swerved to try to avoid a spike strip and the barricade. At this point he almost ran into/over one of the law enforcement officers on site. He exited the car with his arms out, though it is unclear from the angle if they were above his head, and moved toward one of the two Oregon State Police Officers. It was also clear that Mr. Finicum twice reached across his body with his right hand into the left side of his coat. A 9mm semi-automatic pistol was recovered from a pocket inside his coat on the left side of his body. Flash bangs were then deployed around the vehicle to disorient the those left inside, followed by the deployment of less than lethal rounds to break the vehicles windows and OC spray capsules (pepper spray). The flash bangs are clearly visible on the video. Additionally, two semi-automatic rifles chambered in .223 and one .38 special handgun (most likely a revolver) were recovered from within Mr. Finicum’s vehicle once the remaining passengers were taken into custody.
It has been reported that the FBI have now entered the refuge. One person is left inside, though it has not been reported who that is. And law enforcement has indicated they will hold a press conference shortly. If there is a live link to a stream of it I’ll try to put it up.
Various militia groups, including the The Pacific Patriot Network, have put out a call for thousands to converge on Burns to force the FBI to leave the town and Harney County. They are very upset that Jason Patrick was arrested even though the FBI had announced that anyone that agreed to leave the refuge could do so peacefully once they checked in to verify their identity. The PPN folks feel that the FBI has lied to them (and everyone else I guess) and therefore they are going to try to hold a thousand person strong protest and demonstration in Burns on Sunday. One thing you can’t say about these folks is that they aren’t persistent. Not too bright, but certainly persistent.
The statute under which Bundy and company have been charged was created after the Civil War to deal with sedition. Who says history isn’t cool? Finally, Ammon Bundy and the rest of his followers that have been taken into custody, have been denied bail as flight risks. Given that they also come from a sub-culture that has a history of refusing to show up when issued summons, it is very likely that they will all remain in jail throughout their legal proceedings. They all finally got what they wanted: to live on Federal property without paying any rent!