Final Oregon occupier surrenders

  • 12/02/2016

By Shelby Sebens

David Fry, the remaining occupier at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, has said on a live webstream that he has surrendered, after a 41-day armed standoff with law enforcement.

Fry's phone connection to the live webstream appeared to become disconnected after his statement.

Fry was last of the four remaining anti-government militants holed up in a wildlife refuge in the US state of Oregon to surrender.

Before his surrender he had said his constitutional rights were being violated and that he was "feeling suicidal."

The four had been protesting against federal land control in the west of the country.

Jeff Banta, 46, of Elko, Nevada, and married couple Sean Anderson, 48, and Sandy Anderson, 47, of Riggins, Idaho, surrendered peacefully on Thursday (UTC-07:00) , according to a webcast of a phone call with the protesters.

The protesters narrated the surrender, with the married Andersons described as emerging with their hands up, holding hands.

David Fry, 27, of Blanchester, Ohio, remained behind and said on the live audio feed that he had not agreed with the other three to leave.

"I'm actually feeling suicidal right now," Fry said on the webcast. He later added, "I declare war against the federal government as a citizen of the Constitution."

Nevada state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, a Republican, and Rev Franklin Graham, the son of Christian evangelist Billy Graham, helped negotiate an end to the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in remote eastern Oregon.