(NEW YORK) — The FBI has surrounded the remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the bureau said in a statement Wednesday night.
According to the agency, one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside the barricades established by the militia. When the FBI tried to approach the driver, he sped back, they said.
The FBI said that it has secured barricades both in front of and behind where the occupiers are camping.
The bureau said negotiations continue.
“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,” said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “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.”
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