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Man joining Ore. occupation tells police, 'I will kill all of you' during traffic stop

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A man who was on his way to join the armed occupation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon Monday was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Harney County Sheriff's deputies responded to Hines Market on OR-20 just before noon Monday for the report of an armed man.

When they arrived, they questioned 54-year-old Joseph A. Stetson of Woodburn, who told them he was on his way to the refuge to become a personal guard for the Bundy family. He was armed with a pellet gun.

When deputies asked him if he had been drinking, he began making threats.

"I will kill all of you. Don't believe me? If I go to jail and when I come out, I'll kill you," Stetson is heard saying to the deputies.


After being placed in a patrol car, he kicked the car's door and damaged it.

He's facing charges of DUII and resisting arrest.

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