Final Occupier Walks Out Of Refuge

The FBI confirms that all of the remaining occupiers at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge have turned themselves in and are in custody.

David Fry, a 27-year-old Ohio man, had been the lone holdout at the refuge. Then, after more than an hour of negotiations and threats to kill himself, Fry got up and walked out.

The FBI reported that “no one was injured, and no shots were fired.”

“You guys will have to kill me” or “watch me kill myself,” Fry had said on an audio stream almost an hour after the three other occupiers had surrendered.

According to a live audio stream, Sandy and Sean Anderson and Jeff Banta all left Thursday morning local time. Sean Anderson exited with an American flag in his right hand, according to the stream.

Fry, however, was not as prepared to exit. For more than and hour, individuals on the live telephone stream tried to talk Fry down.

“You don’t want to undermine what the others have already done,” a voice on the live stream says to Fry.

“I did not agree to any of this really,” Fry said. “I am actually feeling suicidal right now.”

Fry said that “Christ died for what he believed in” and that he was prepared to make a stand.

On the livestream, a woman tried to stop Fry from taking any extreme action and said to him that walking out with his hands up would be “the bravest and most liberty minded thing you can do.”

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Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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