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Cincinnati talk show host arrested in Oregon standoff

Pete Santilli (FOX19 NOW/file) Pete Santilli (FOX19 NOW/file)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced overnight they arrested online talk show host Peter Santilli of Cincinnati in the weekslong Oregon standoff.

Santilli, 50, faces the same federal felony charge as others arrested about 4:25 p.m. Tuesday at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the FBI said in a prepared joint statement with Oregon State Police.

Santilli ran an online talk-radio show during the stalemate, according to the Associated Press.

He also has hosted a podcast from his Mt. Washington studio called 'Off the Hook in the Morning,' where he shared his sometimes controversial political views, ones he recently told FOX19 NOW he believes earned him a spot on the national terror watch list.

Shots were fired during Tuesday's arrests, and one person who was being taken into custody was killed, the statement reads. 

A law enforcement official told CNN authorities pulled over two vehicles and that everyone obeyed orders to surrender except two people -  Lavoy Finicum and Ammon Bundy's brother, Ryan Bundy.

Shots were fired during the arrest, leaving Finicum dead and Ryan Bundy was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, CNN reports. It is unclear who fired first, the official said.

Besides Santilli and Ryan Bundy, the others arrested include:

  • Ammon Edward Bundy, 40, of Emmett, Idaho
  • Brian Cavalierk, 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
  • Shawna Cox, 59, Kanab, Utah
  • Ryan Waylen Payne, 32, of Anaconda, Montana

These probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 235, according to the FBI.

In a separate incident in Burns, Oregon, at about 5:50 p.m., Oregon State Police arrested Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, 45, of Cottonwood, Arizona.

All face federal felony charges of conspiracy to impede officers from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats, federal authorities said.

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