Bunkersville, Nev., May 14, 2014- The FBI has launched a full investigation into “death threats, intimidation, and possible weapons violations,” relating to the standoff between the Bureau of Land Management and Bundy Ranch supporters, according to 8 News Now out of Las Vegas.
The first people to be interviewed by FBI agents were Metro Police and Sheriff Doug Gillispie.
According to News 8 Now, the Metro Police claim to have intervened to “protect the lives of federal employees from the 400 or so Bundy supports and armed militia members.”
Metro officers stated that they feared for their lives that day due to the assemblage of firepower that the protestors had gathered and because many of those assembled “pointed weapons at officers, taunted them and told them they should be ready to die.”
Assistant Sheriff Lombardo, who was put in charge of the Metro officers by Sheriff Doug Gillispie, stated that “The federal authorities are conducting an investigation and I am pretty confident it is going to go into the future,” adding that “”Yes, there is definitely going to be consequences, definitely. That is unacceptable behavior. If we let it go, it would continue into the future,” referring to anyone caught on videotape or in pictures pointing a gun at BLM officials or Metro officers.
Bundy supporters have insisted that no one pointed weapons at the BLM or Metro officers, but when a squad of Metro officers were interviewed, many claim to have seen exactly that.
Metro Police Sgt. Tom Jenkins, who was interviewed by the FBI said, “”It is not a rumor. When we first got out there and made a left to divide I-15, that is all you saw. You saw kids and women and horses in the backdrop and then men with guns, laying on the ground, in the back of pickup trucks. We’re going, ‘wow, this would never happen in Las Vegas,’ But it was there. That is not a rumor. It is reality and I saw it with my own eyes.”
Pointing a loaded weapon at a federal agent is illegal and individuals in the Las Vegas are regularly shot dead for pointing a weapon at Metro officers, but one must question why the federal sniper teams had the go ahead to put the Bundy family and their supporters in the sights of their weapons with no repercussions.
Bundy supporters have been adamant in claiming no weapons were aimed at Metro officers or the federal agents, and that the only ones pointing weapons were the BLM agents and their sniper teams.