According to reports, Cliven Bundy, the rancher at the center of last year’s standoff over cattle grazing rights, has been arrested in Portland, Oregon.
Bundy’s arrest follows that of his sons, Ammon and Ryan who are both facing the same federal charge of conspiracy to interfere with a federal officer.
Local media reports:
Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who touched off one armed showdown with federal authorities and applauded another started in Oregon by his sons, was arrested late Wednesday at Portland International Airport and faces federal charges related to the 2014 standoff at his ranch.
He was arrested at 10:10 p.m., authorities said.
The Bundy patriarch had traveled to Portland with plans to go on to Burns, where four occupiers had been the remaining holdouts of the refuge occupation.
Bundy has been under federal scrutiny since his ranch standoff with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He has not paid grazing fees on federal land and he owes the agency $1 million in unpaid fees and penalties. He and militia supporters confronted federal agents who had impounded Bundy’s cattle that were found on federal property.
To avoid bloodshed, the federal agents retreated and Bundy’s supporters turned loose the cattle.
The Bundys’ friend and neightbor, Lavoy Finicum, was shot and killed by officers during the operation that took Ammon and Ryan into custody earlier this month following a standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge.