FBI surrounds remaining Malheur insurgents as occupiers panic on live feed
FBI officials confirmed on Wednesday that they had surrounded the remaining militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Reserve in Oregon.
The remaining militants can be heard talking to Nevada state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R) over the phone from Portland on an audio-only online broadcast emanating from the facility. Fiore at one point told the group she is willing to discuss ending the 40-day occupation peacefully.
According to the Oregonian, authorities have said no shots were fired against the group as of 6 p.m. local time. They have asked the militants to leave the grounds with their hands up and unarmed.
The confrontation started after one of the militants rode an ATV around the barricades set up outside the refuge. At one point, Fiore joined the group in a prayer while urging them to stay calm. But one of the remaining occupiers, 27-year-old David Fry, can be heard at several points throughout the broadcast yelling at authorities.
The militants have said they won’t leave until Fiore and the Rev. Franklin Graham, who they’ve asked to negotiate on their behalf, arrive and walk out with them.
They’ve also said they won’t leave unless they can take their guns and avoid arrest — but federal authorities have said they’re not willing to negotiate.
“The world is listening,” an agent can be heard saying over a megaphone. “It’s time to come out and tell your story.”
The militants’ livecast can be heard below.