BURNS, Ore. (AP) – The occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon is over.
Surrounded by FBI agents in armored vehicles, the last four occupiers surrendered Thursday. They were the last holdouts from a group that had seized the refuge nearly six weeks ago, demanding that the government turn the land over to locals and release two ranchers who’d been imprisoned for setting fires.
The FBI says “no one was injured, and no shots were fired” when all four were taken into custody. The surrender of the holdouts played out live over a phone call streamed online.
Authorities say Sean Anderson, 47; his wife Sandra Anderson, 48, both of Riggins, Idaho; and Jeff Banta, 46, of Yerington, Nevada, were arrested around 9:40 a.m. Thursday.
The FBI says 27-year-old David Fry, of Blanchester, Ohio, who delayed leaving the refuge, was apprehended about 11 a.m.
They all face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to keep federal workers from doing their duties through force or intimidation. The four will appear before a judge in Portland on Friday.