I was afraid this would happen. The Oregon militia stand off was a powder keg waiting to happen. Ostensibly it all started due to outrage over what has happened to the Hammond family. Fellow Victory Girl bloggers wrote about it here, here, here, and here. As Ammon Bundy and his band of merry men and women took over buildings on BLM land, what has gotten lost in the shuffle are the Hammond’s themselves.
And now it has come to this:
Oregon militia spokesman LaVoy Finicum has been shot dead after a traffic stop escalated into a shoot-out that saw Ryan Bundy wounded and eight leaders of the occupation movement arrested.
The group’s leader Ammon Bundy was among the militiamen arrested during the encounter on Tuesday afternoon as they drove to attend a community meeting in the neighboring town.
It was the culmination of a tense stand-off between federal agents and the activists more than three weeks after they took over a government building in Burns, Oregon, to protest two ranchers being jailed.
According to local media, shots were fired within minutes of the traffic stop, killing Finicum and wounding 43-year-old Ryan Bundy.
A man is dead. Ammon Bundy and 7 others have been arrested.