May 8, 2014 - 6:01pm Updated May 8, 2014 - 9:27pm
Armed civilians wait nearby as the Bundy family and their supporters gather together under the I-15 highway just outside of Bunkerville in order to confront the BLM and demand the release of their impounded cattle on April 12, 2014. (Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
FBI agents have opened a criminal investigation into the April 12 confrontation between Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy and his armed supporters and law enforcement authorities, Sheriff Doug Gillespie confirmed Thursday.
“Everyone anticipated that this would occur,” said Gillespie, who added he was interviewed by FBI agents on April 28. “I’ve said all along there has to be accountability for what took place on April 12.”
Before the standoff, Gillespie had tried to mediate the dispute between Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
FBI spokeswoman Bridget Pappas could not be reached for comment late Thursday.
But Gillespie said the FBI is investigating allegations of threats and assaults on law enforcement officers who were at the scene of the confrontation.
He said agents expected to interview every law enforcement officer who was present during the April 12 showdown. That includes agents with the BLM and a slew of Las Vegas police officers who were there to keep the peace.
Among those interviewed within the past week were assistant sheriffs Joe Lombardo and Kevin McMahill, who were in charge of police officers at the scene of the disturbance.
The FBI investigation, Gillespie said, is in its early stages.
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U.S. Capitol Police have launched an investigation into threats against Reid, and Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., who has raised concerns about the presence of the armed militia members in Bunkerville and has urged authorities to take steps to remove them.
Lombardo, who is running to succeed Gillespie this year, said he was interviewed by FBI agents on May 1 for about 60 to 90 minutes.
One of the [FBI] agents was assigned to the Southern Nevada Joint Terrorism Task Force, he said.
Agents, he said, were primarily interested in who was pointing weapons at federal agents. He said he expected agents to be poring over videotapes and photos taken during the confrontation as part of their efforts to identify people making threats.
[FBI] agents expected to interview every law enforcement officer who was present during the April 12 showdown. That includes agents with the BLM and a slew of Las Vegas police officers who were there to keep the peace.
We The People or a dingy harry reid calls US domestic terrorists Should do our own investigation into 'every law enforcement officer - Police - BLM & 'a slew of Las Vegas police who were there to Keep The Peace'
Barr... your absolutely right. We need to start investigating all involved and question them about any connections with Reid family. All these officials that showed up at the Bundy ranch to fined out where there orders came from.
We need to petition the Koch Brothers to see if they would rent some vacant buildings around the nation and start setting up courts to try the evil doers. We also need to take over some FEMA camps to incarcerate them.
We also need to do a mass mailing to all tax payers in the nation letting them know that the IRS has a new address for them to file their tax returns. This would give us the funds we need to carry out the We The People Government from this day forward.
We also need to inform the military that new order are coming and should be followed to bring in the needed fire power to implement the arrests of alphabet organizations.
Let's get our PENS AND PHONES working for WE THE PEOPLE!!
News flash. The People are investigating the FBI for nazi terroristic actions against us. F u FBI.
I have some advice for you FBI. You are messing with the grandchildren of the men and women who whipped Hitler's ass. Do you really want to pursue the same?
Who was responsible for Govt. SNIPERS pointing THEIR guns at American Citizens, come on fbi, figure that one out!
Frank, they were gov. paid snipers. Just think, we paid the snipers to get Patriots in their sights. Our tax money at work! And if any here think that the feds will find any wrong done by their people? Go check yourself in. there are some good hosp. out there. You want to make this crap stop!! Operation American Spring May 16th. !!! The time has come to get off the keyboard. Get out of the house. And take back our COUNTRY ! Jareer Abeed will never leave OUR WHITEHOUSE ! Only with the power of the Constitution can we win. And with GOD on our side! Jareer Abeed will loose. MAY 16th. !!!! PLEASE PEOPLE ! This is our LAST CHANCE !
All these alphabet agencies need investigated and disbanded most have outlived their usefulness just like the UN
Harry Reid needs to be removed from office, and criminal charges filed, for his ongoing threats. Son's and
cohorts included. Sue them all, for damages, and threats.
If the Ranches who lost their land, 53 of them, would file a class action suit against this tyranny, they would
have more strength in numbers.
Thank-you , Patriots for standing FIRM to help the Bundy's, in prayers, and in service.
GOD BLESS you all, and keep you safe.
Remember Waco and Ruby Ridge.
EVIDENTUALLY HERR COMRADE NAZI GESTAPO SS DICTATOR OBAMA IS DOING HIS "CRIMINAL GANGSTER" DIRTY HARRY REID A FAVOR BY SICKING HIS ROGUE TRAITOR IRS TO KNOWING HEINIOUSLY HARRASS FREEDOM LOVING AMERICAN PATRIOTS! WELCOME TO THE NEW MARXIST MUSLIM COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP "AMERIKA!"
THEY SHOULD BE INVESTIGATING THE FEDERAL OFFICERS
WHO KNOCK AN ELDERLY WOMEN TO THE GROUND AND TAZERED
BUDY'S SON A 2 OTHERS.. AND KILLED 2 PRIZE BULLS AND
SEVERAL COWS. AND THREW THEN IN A HOLE THE FED DUG.
THE LAND AROUND BUNDY;S RANCH WAS DECLARED PUBLIC LAND
OVER 70 YEARS AGO. WHICH MEANS ANY ONE CAN CROSS THESE LANDS.
THE FED THUGS WERE OUT OF ORDER WHEN THEY WENT
ON BUNDY' PRIVATE PROPERTY WITHOUIT AN ORDER BY
THE LOCAL SHERIFFS OR STATES REQUEST