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Four Remaining Occupiers in Oregon Surrender, Ending 41-Day Siege

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon ended peacefully after 41 tumultuous days.

The four remaining occupiers surrendered to authorities Thursday morning.

Three of the four occupiers were taken into custody without incident, but one occupier stayed behind and insisted he would not come out of the refuge “unless my grievances are heard,” The Washington Post reported. 

The lone holdout, identified as David Fry, was agitated and said on a telephone call that he didn’t “want to be put behind bars” and was having suicidal thoughts.

Shortly after, authorities converged on Fry and arrested him.

FBI agents decided to surround the final occupiers Wednesday afternoon after one of them drove outside of the group’s encampment in what appeared to be a stolen all-terrain vehicle.

“It has never been the FBI’s desire to engage these armed occupiers in any way other than through dialogue, and to that end, the FBI has negotiated with patience and restraint in an effort to resolve the situation peacefully,” Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Oregon division, said in a statement. “However, we reached a point where it became necessary to take action in a way that best ensured the safety of those on the refuge, the law enforcement officers who are on scene, and the people of Harney County who live and work in this area.”

Former Armed Occupier of Wildlife Refuge Offers to Act As Mediator

Burns, Oregon

Burns, Oregon

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the armed occupiers of the weeks-old occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon is offering to help convince the remaining four militants to leave the site, the Oregonian reports. 

Scott Willingham, who just weeks ago was armed with an AR-15 rifle and camouflage vest at the front gate of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, wants to serve as mediator between the FBI and the four remaining occupiers.

“At this point in time, all anybody should care about is trying to help the community get past it,” Willingham, 48, said.

The Colorado resident left the refuge more than a week ago, when law enforcement arrested occupation leaders and killed one of them during a confrontation at a roadblock outside of the refuge.

Holdouts at Wildlife Refuge: Only Contact with Outside World is FBI-Provided Phone

Burns, Oregon

Burns, Oregon

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The four remaining armed militants occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon said their only contact to the outside world is an FBI-provided cell phone, The Oregonian reports. 

The holdouts have declined to surrender, even after five militants were arrested and another killed in a clash with law enforcement.

“One of the FBI guys put a cellphone, one of the FBI cellphones, in a car up here that I picked up,” David Fry, 27, said. “They’re going to cut off all our personal cellphones soon.”

Law enforcement officials declined to discuss whether FBI-provided phones were the only way for occupiers to reach the outside world.

“The FBI’s investigation is ongoing so it would not be appropriate to provide details at this time,” a written statement from the Joint Information Center said. “We cannot comment regarding any operations about the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Militants: FBI Locked Down Phones, Internet at Federal Wildlife Refuge in Oregon

Burns, Oregon

Burns, Oregon

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

With four militants left occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, the FBI appears to have locked down their ability to make or receive calls, the Portland Tribune reports. 

The news came as the occupation entered its 30th day.

David Fry, one of the occupiers, said they also have lost access to the Internet.

The militants said they’ve been using a generator and aren’t inside any of the buildings because the FBI may also have cut power to the buildings.

The FBI also has blocked the media’s access to the refuge.

Last week, five militants were arrested and one was shot and killed during a clash with police during a traffic stop.

Click here to see the full video of the confrontation.