FBI agents have surrounded the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in an attempt to get the last four armed occupiers to leave.
Armored vehicles have been placed around the refuge, The Oregonian reports, and the four occupiers all face arrest on a federal charge of conspiracy for their roles in the takeover. The FBI said in a statement that one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside of the camp at 4:30 p.m., but took off “at a high rate of speed” as FBI agents tried to approach him. As of 6 p.m., the FBI said “no shots have been fired,” and negotiations are underway.
The refuge has been occupied since early last month. The group’s leader, Ammon Bundy, and other occupiers were arrested in late January, the same day one of the protesters was shot and killed during a traffic stop. Catherine Garcia