By: Alex Wilson
One militant was killed and five others arrested during a planned traffic stop on January 26th which was recorded from an aircraft operated by federal agents. Initially, Oregon State Police and the FBI successfully stopped the two vehicles involved. Shortly thereafter, one vehicle driven by Robert “LaVoy” Finicum led agents and troopers on a brief pursuit before driving off the road as the vehicle approached a police roadblock. The vehicle came to rest in the snow and Finicum exited. Finicum initially had his hands in the air, but then moved them down and reached left towards his middle section. He was then shot and killed by an Oregon State Trooper.
Occupation Leader Ammon Bundy was among the prominent figures arrested. Although Bundy and other prominent figures are in custody, the FBI reports that the occupation is not over and it is still an active situation. There is still an unknown number of militants inside the refuge, but this number is presumably much smaller since many have either voluntarily left or have been arrested. Bundy has advised the remaining occupiers to go home, however they have been yet to do so.
All of those arrested in Oregon on January 26th and 27th, both during the traffic stop and other related incidents, are currently being held at the Multnomah County Jail. One additional arrest pertaining to the incident was made in Arizona.