BREAKING: Last occupier of Oregon wildlife refuge says he surrenders, ending weekslong standoff.— The Associated Press (@AP) February 11, 2016
On Wednesday night, the FBI raided the now 40-day-old anti-government occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon. Four men remain at the site and are reportedly engaging in negotiations with authorities.
Yet, one of the occupiers, David Fry, had a message for those authorities:
"You're going to hell. Kill me. Get it over with," he said. "We're innocent people camping at a public facility, and you're going to murder us."
"The only way we're leaving here is dead or without charges," Fry said, who told the FBI to "get the hell out of Oregon."
Last month, the standoff took a violent and deadly turn. Police arrested occupation leader Ammon Bundy, the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his brother and three other protesters when they were traveling on U.S. Highway 395. Tragically, the group's spokesman, LaVoy Finicum, was killed in that confrontation.
Fry's charged language suggests it's going to be a drawn out and perhaps bloody ending. Other reports, however, indicate the occupiers will surrender.
Stay tuned for updates.