As It Happens

Oregon Standoff ends while the world listens online

The occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is finally over. The four remaining occupiers turned themselves in to the FBI as the entire event was live streamed on an internet radio station.
Media wait at a checkpoint about 4 miles from the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters near Burns, Oregon, on February 11, 2016. ( ROB KERR/AFP/Getty Images)

The four remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge turned themselves into the FBI after a tense standoff that started Wednesday night. The entire event was live streamed Thursday by an internet radio station. 

While the world listens, David Fry says he may not surrender to the FBI after all. 0:29
The surrender of David Fry was live on an internet radio station 0:41

"I'm so pleased we got the remaining four out without bloodshed. It came together in a good way for all of us," says Steve Grasty, the administrative judge for Harney County. "Emotionally, I lost it for a few minutes when we got there," he added.

Gratsy credits the FBI with bringing an end to the standoff, "I have a hunch they had this planned for a couple of days."

He adds that the community can now begin the process of healing. For now, Gratsy says the community can savor the moment,  "I saw a number of texts that simply said one word "whew."  Thank God it's over— and safely."

Take a listen to our full interview with Judge Steve Grasty.


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