On Wednesday, three additional members of the armed group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon were arrested.
The FBI said Duane Leo Ehmer, 45, of Irrigon, Oregon; Dylan Wade Anderson, 34, of Provo, Utah; and Jason S. Patrick, 43, of Bonaire, Georgia, turned themselves in without incident at a checkpoint outside the refuge. Each faces one federal felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States, KATU reports. Ehmer and Anderson were arrested at 3:30 p.m. local time, and Patrick just after 7:30 p.m.
Several vehicles left the area before the checkpoints were set up early Wednesday, the FBI says. On Tuesday, the group's leader, Ammon Bundy, and six others were arrested following a traffic stop; one person was shot and killed during a gunfight that broke out during the stop. Bundy released a statement through his attorney on Wednesday asking that the remaining occupiers "stand down" and "go home." The refuge was first occupied on Jan. 2 by militia members who said they were protesting the sentencing of an area father and son convicted of arson on federal land.
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