Oregon Militia Member Lavoy Finicum Killed, 8 Arrested After Confrontation with FBI
William La Jeunesse reported more details following a confrontation last night between authorities and militia members who have been occupying a federal wildlife reserve for weeks.
He said that local police did not want a confrontation and were hoping that the protesters would eventually go home.
But after the Oregon governor asked the feds to step in, a roadblock - set up by the FBI and state police - intercepted some of the militia members as they traveled to meet in another town with supporters.
Robert "Lavoy" Finicum (photo above), a 55-year-old father of 11 who had acted as a spokesman for the group, was killed.
Finicum vowed previously that he would rather die than be taken into federal custody.
Protest leader Ammon Bundy was arrested, along with his brother Ryan, who was injured.
Officers opened fire when Finicum and Bundy refused to cooperate, according to The Oregonian.
"Sources told The Oregonian/OregonLive that Finicum and Ryan Bundy disobeyed orders to surrender and resisted arrest. No other details were available," the report stated.
Five arrests were made during the traffic stop, with three more being made separately, including one protester who turned himself in to Arizona police.
The narrative is being challenged, however, by Finicum and Bundy's family members.
Ammon Bundy told his wife that Finicum was cooperating with police when he was shot, according to Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. A Facebook account reportedly operated by one of Finicum's 11 children, Thara Tenney, also said Finicum was cooperating.
"I want the world to know how my father was murdered today," the post said. "His hands were in the air and he was shot in the face by the American authorities. Ammon Bundy reported there are six witnesses to this evil."
Ammon Bundy's group, calling itself the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, seized the refuge's headquarters on Jan. 2 in protest of what they viewed as onerous federal land restrictions, as well as the prison sentences of two local ranchers convicted of setting fires.
Watch the America's Newsroom report above.