Oregon authorities on Tuesday released video taken from Ryan Bundy’s cell phone recording the scene inside a truck after another wildlife refuge occupier was shot dead by police in January.
“We’re hunkered down in here trying not to get shot,” Bundy says on the cell phone video released online by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.
The video was recorded as police arrested Bundy and other leaders of the occupation of the Malheur Federal Wildlife Refuge, in the first major arrests in a weeks-long confrontation.
Fellow occupier and rancher, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was shot and killed after he exited the truck and reached toward a pocket containing a handgun, authorities said. Police then fired projectiles at the truck containing a pepper spray-like irritant.
“They’re shooting at us, they got lasers still on us. LaVoy got out — I think they’ve killed LaVoy,” Bundy says in the video.
Bundy and several other leaders were intercepted and arrested as they traveled on a highway towards the town of John Day for a meeting.
“We got too lackadaisical, trying to speak to people,” Bundy says in the video. The video ends when the cell phone drops on the ground during the surrender.
More than two dozen people — including Ammon Bundy, Ryan’s brother and regarded as the leader of the occupation — have been charged in connection with the occupation of the wildlife refuge.
The group took over the refuge on Jan. 2, as part of a protest against what they called overreach of the federal government in the sentencing of two ranchers. They also called for the federal government to release public land to local control.