After the tragic shooting death of Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum in the Oregon standoff earlier this week, three more men have been arrested.
According to the Daily Mail, The FBI and Oregon State Police announced that they arrested Duane Leo Ehmer of Irrigon, Oregon and Dylan Wade Anderson, 34, of Provo, Utah. Jason S. Patrick, 43, of Bonaire, Georgia was also arrested several hours later.
The arrests follow the release of federal court documents which claim that the militia men were equipped with night vision goggles and explosives. Federal authorities received a tip off soon after the group stormed the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on January 2 that they were prepared to fight at the refuge or in the nearby town of Burns.
Yesterday there were reports that Finicum allegedly had his hands in the air in surrender before he was shot. We’re all to familiar with that narrative after Michael Brown’s fatal shooting. Seems once again the facts may tell a completely different story.
Greg Bretzing, FBI special agent in charge of the agency’s Portland office, said “It is the actions and choices of the armed occupiers of the refuge that have led us to where we are today. ‘They had ample opportunity to leave the refuge peacefully and, as the FBI and our partners have clearly demonstrated, actions are not without consequences.’
Bretzing said he could not give details of the traffic stop and shooting incident because they are under investigation, but according to a new eyewitness account, Finicum was gunned down after charging at law enforcement officials.
Mike McConnell, who claimed to have been behind the wheel of one of the vehicles heading to a community meeting in the town of John Day Tuesday, posted an eight-minute video on his Facebook page Wednesday recounting what happened during the confrontation between the militiamen and the authorities.
Contrary to earlier accounts claiming that Finicum was shot while kneeling and raising his hands in a sign of surrender, McConnell said the 55-year-old was shot after charging at police officers who were standing at a roadblock.
His account has not been independently verified or corroborated by officials, but some aspects of it matched what law enforcement sources had said about the shooting earlier, according to The Oregonian, which first reported on the Facebook video.
Watch it here and see what you think.
As the FBI agent said, actions are not without consequences. I wish more people recognized that, but now it’s sadly too late.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]