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Last militia member David Fry surrenders to shouts of ‘Hallelujah’ in Oregon

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 20:00:04-05

HARNEY COUNTY, Oregon - The last militia member, 27-year-old David Fry, has surrendered to the FBI to end the 41-day standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge's headquarters in Harney County, Oregon, Thursday.

Fry refused to come out, saying his grievances have not been met and even mentioned suicide.

Negotiators were finally able to convince Fry to surrender at about 11 a.m. local time.

Thursday started with four remaining holdouts; three surrendered and initially Fry resisted.

He talked with negotiators in a live audio broadcast on YouTube and brought up everything from abortion to UFOs to the government in general.

But eventually, after requesting listeners yell "Hallelujah," he walked out to meet authorities.

Law enforcement agencies held a press conference following the arrests.

The sheriff of Harney County, Dave Ward, took the opportunity to ask people in his community to heal rifts he had witnessed.

"A house divided against itself cannot stand," he said, quoting Abraham Lincoln.

Ward also praised the FBI and other agencies who responded to the scene, saying they showed great patience trying to find a peaceful resolution.

"A very troubled young man said if everybody says 'hallelujah' I'll come out," Ward said, referring to a request from David Fry, "I heard hallelujahs from the swat team...from an entire building of people who were watching that."

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