FBI Comments on Oregon Militia Shooting: 'Actions Are Not Without Consequences'
Federal authorities have released a statement on yesterday’s standoff between authorities and militia members that left one protester dead and eight arrested.
Here's what FBI Special Agent Greg Bretzing said at a news conference this afternoon in Burns, Oregon:
“The armed occupiers had been given ample opportunity to leave the refuge peacefully. They had been given opportunities to negotiate.
As outsiders to Oregon, they had been given the opportunity to return to their families, and to work through the normal legal process to air their grievances.
Instead, these individuals have chosen to threaten and intimidate the America they profess to love, and through criminal actions, bring these consequences upon themselves.”
The FBI said that yesterday’s confrontation were “the first steps to bring this occupation to a conclusion.”
“We worked to ensure that we could do so peacefully and safely, out of harm’s way of the citizens here in the county,” said Agent Bretzing, who is in charge for the FBI in Oregon.
Officials say they are continuing to work to empty the refuge, “in the safest way possible.”
Containment road blocks are now in place around the refuge, and those who want to leave “are free to do so,” they said.
Agent Bretzing also briefly commented on the controversial death of 55-year-old Robert "Lavoy Finicum," reiterating an earlier statement that the “ongoing investigation” prohibits any further comment.
“Let me be clear, it is the actions and choices of the armed occupiers of the refuge that has led us to where we are today,” he concluded.
“As the FBI and our partners have clearly demonstrated, actions are not without consequences.”
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