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(BURNS, Ore.) — Several members of a militia that have been occupying federal land in Oregon — including Ammon Bundy — have been arrested after a weeks-long standoff with law enforcement, authorities said.

Around 4:25 p.m. local time on Tuesday, federal officials moved in to try to take several militia members into custody at the Malheur National Wildlife refuge. Shots were fired during the arrest and one individual — the subject of a probable cause arrest, was killed, the FBI said. No name was available.

Another suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken into custody.

Among the five arrested there was Bundy, the son of Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher who engaged in a standoff with the federal government, in 2014.

More than an hour later, another man was arrested in Burns, Oregon.

All six suspects were hit with a felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through use of force, intimidation, or threats.

The standoff was ongoing.

The FBI later updated their statement on Tuesday to provide information on another arrest.

“At approximately 6:30 p.m. (PST), the FBI arrested Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio, in Burns, Oregon,” the statement said. “He faces the same federal felony charge as the individuals listed below. The arrest was without incident.”

The occupation began in early January as a protest against the prison sentences of ranchers Dwight Hammond, Jr. and his son Steven, who were convicted of setting fires on federal lands.

They eventually capitulated to serve their prison sentences.

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