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Final Four Occupiers Surrender To FBI In Burns, Blaine Cooper Arrested In Utah

The last four occupiers have surrendered to the FBI, and it looks as if the government is reaching into the farthest corners to arrest anyone and everyone who has been associated with the huge land grab protests out west. Last night Cliven Bundy was arrested as he flew into the Portland airport on his way to the Wildlife Refuge and charged with federal officers using threats and intimidation. In addition to the Cliven Bundy arrest, Blaine Cooper, another onetime occupier has also been arrested according to his wife.

FOX NEWS: The four remaining holdouts of the armed protest group that has occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon for the past 41 days reportedly turned themselves in peacefully Thursday.

But the end of the standoff did not come without drama.

After the first three protesters surrendered to authorities, the last occupier, David Fry, initially resisted. But just after 11 a.m. local time, Fry turned himself in to the FBI, according to the Oregonian.

Fry had said on a live audio webcast that he was “feeling suicidal” and would “die a free man.” At one point he said he was pointing a gun at his head. He ranted about abortion, UFOs, the government “chemically mutating people” and Syria.

“I’m taking my stand, this isn’t something I’m going to back away from,” Fry said.

But eventually, after requesting listeners yell “Hallelujah,” he walked out to meet authorities.

The FBI hasn’t confirmed any of the four have surrendered, and the area was too far away for reporters at the scene to see.

One of the three protesters who turned themselves in first was holding an American flag as the group went out to meet authorities. Another protester said on an audio webcast that officials were not being rough and did not have guns pointed at the group.

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While the FBI Is denying confirmation of the arrest of Cooper, his wife has confirmed via Facebook.

OregonLive Blaine Cooper, a member of the core group that took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2, has been arrested, his wife wrote on Facebook on Thursday morning.

Cooper’s wife, Melissa Cooper, was also among the group occupying the bird sanctuary over the past month.

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Blaine Cooper, 36, attended the memorial for occupation spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum on Friday in Kanab, Utah.

He lives in Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona. Cooper said Friday that he had not been home since he left the refuge Jan. 26 after learning that Finicum had been killed at a law-enforcement roadblock.

He said he traveled in an armed convoy to Nevada and had been in Utah in preparation for Finicum’s memorial.

Cooper was not named in the indictment unsealed last week. At least 17 others associated with the occupation have been arrested and charged with conspiring to prevent federal officers from doing their jobs using threats or intimidation.

Among them is Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who touched off an armed showdown with federal authorities in 2014 and applauded the occupation in Oregon that was organized by two of his sons.

Bundy was arrested late Wednesday at Portland International Airport and faces federal charges related to the 2014 standoff at his ranch. He also attended Finicum’s memorial in Utah last week.

A spokeswoman with the FBI in Portland declined to confirm or deny that Cooper had been arrested Thursday morning.

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