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Who are the militia members in custody in the Oregon Standoff?

This combination of photos provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows eight people involved in the occupation of the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on Jan. 2, 2016, who were arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Top row from left are Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier and Shawna Cox. Bottom row from left are Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, Ryan Payne, Jon Eric Ritzheimer and Peter Santilli. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

BURNS, Ore. - Eight people involved with the armed militia at Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were arrested Tuesday after the FBI and state troopers stopped two vehicles on Highway 395 between Burns and John Day.

One member of the militia, LaVoy Finicum, was shot and killed during the confrontation.

Many of those taken into custody were prominent faces in the occupation, appearing at press conferences over the last three weeks.

Ammon Bundy, the group's leader, is the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a high-profile 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights.

Finicum was an outspoken member of the armed group. The Arizona rancher would often speak at news conferences in place of Bundy.

Ryan Bundy, Ammon's 43-year-old brother, sustained minor injuries during the arrest. Both Ryan and Ammon maintain that their goal was to restore rights to the people who have lost them.

Brian Cavalier, 44, acted as Ammon Bundy's body guard. He also went by the name of "fluffy unicorn." Cavalier seemingly never strayed far from Bundy's side through the occupation.

Shawna Cox, 59, of Utah, was also arrested during the traffic stop. Her husband spoke to our affiliate in Salt Lake City saying she was only helping occupiers with paperwork and cooking meals. He said she was not part of the militia.

Ryan Waylen Payne, 32, is a longstanding supporter of the Bundy's. He was a militia participant in Nevada in 2014.

Two other men were arrested in Burns on what officials describe as a separate but related incident.

Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, 43, of Arizona, and Pete Santilli, 50, of Ohio. Santilli is a well-known local webcaster. He was live-streaming the initial confrontation when his feed went down late Tuesday afternoon.

John Ritzheimer has also been arrested. He turned himself in after going home to Peora, Arizona to see his family.

Each faces a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede federal officials by force, intimidation or threat.

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