All 4 Oregon Occupiers Have Surrendered

David Fry, the last holdout, turned himself in just before 11am PST
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2016 12:41 PM CST
Updated Feb 11, 2016 1:11 PM CST
A closed road about 4 miles outside of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon on Thursday morning near Burns, Ore.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)

(Newser) As promised, four occupiers of the Oregon wildlife refuge who've been holed up there since January have surrendered to the FBI after a tense couple of hours in which one of the four refused at first to come out, the Oregonian reports. Shortly before 9:40am local time, Sean Anderson yelled that he and his wife, Sandy, were coming out of the Malheur, and they were arrested without incident, the New York Times reports. A couple of minutes later, Jeff Banta emerged and was also peacefully taken into custody. That's when the last holdout, David Fry, apparently decided to renege on the deal to give himself up. "Unless my grievances are heard, I won't come out," he reportedly shouted, informing officials he was feeling suicidal as he sat alone in a tent.

He then added: "I have to stand my ground. It's liberty or death. I will not go another day as a slave to this system." Among his grievances, per the Times, is that his tax money is being used to fund abortions. Just before 11am PST, Fry announced on the live feed that he was having one more cigarette and cookie, and then he said he was going out to meet with the authorities. The FBI confirmed at 11am that Fry was in custody, per the Oregonian. Gavin Seim, a right-wing activist who had set up the live feed, said after Fry had walked out that "America needs to learn from what just happened here. David's concerns and his fears reflect what all of America feels." Meanwhile, another feed moderator, KrisAnne Hall, started sobbing when it was all over and said, "I need a hot tub and a massage." (Read more Oregon stories.)

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