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Cliven Bundy speaks out about arrests of sons

Posted at 8:40 AM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 19:50:35-05

One person is dead and several others were arrested after a clash between law enforcement personnel and members of a small militia that has occupied a federal wildlife refuge for weeks in Oregon.

Ammon Bundy, who was the leader of the militia, was among those taken into custody on Tuesday during a traffic stop. His brother Ryan was injured during the confrontation with officials.

Ammon and Ryan are the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

Action News spoke with him on Tuesday, just a few hours after his sons were arrested.

Cliven Bundy told Action news that Ammon called his wife from the back of a police car and told her that he had been arrested and this his brother Ryan had been shot in the arm.

RELATED: Ammon Bundy, other protesters arrested in Oregon; LaVoy Finicum killed

Cliven Bundy described his son as a "wonderful man" with a wonderful wife and family. He also said that he was a student of the Constitution and interested in freedom and that he gave his life where he felt like it was best.

Bundy and his group went to Oregon to protest the sentencing of two ranchers, a father and son, who were convicted of arson on federal lands.

Action News also spoke to the daughter of LaVoy Finicum, who was killed during the confrontation.

Finicum's daughter told Action News that she is distraught over her father's death. She also told us that she believes that her father was unarmed when he was shot and killed by law enforcement.

Mug shots for Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan, and other protesters have been released.

Bundy and his supporters were arrested for conspiracy to impede federal officials by force, intimidation or threat.