Ruby Ridge standoff: A timeline
Federal authorities surrounded Randy Weaver’s mountaintop cabin in 1992 near Naples, Idaho, for 11 days following the shooting of a federal marshal.
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Jan. 17, 1991: Randy Weaver is arrested by Boundary County Sheriff Bruce Whittaker and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for possessing a sawed-off shotgun. He is taken to Coeur d’Alene where, the next day, he is released because he has no prior criminal record.
Feb. 22, 1991: Weaver fails to show up for his trial in Moscow, Idaho, and a bench warrant is issued. Federal authorities say he and his family are heavily armed and holed up in his cabin, so surveillance is begun but no arrest is attempted.
Aug. 21, 1992: Six federal marshals conducting surveillance on Randy Weaver’s cabin encounter the fugitive, his 14-year-old son Samuel and Kevin Harris. A gunbattle ensues and U.S. Deputy Marshal William Degan of Boston and Samuel Weaver are killed.
In the cabin are Weaver, his wife, Vicki, three daughters and Harris Samuel’s body is cleaned and moved to an outbuilding.
Fourteen-year-old Samuel Weaver is killed in a gunbattle between Randy Weaver, Kevin Harris and six federal marshals.
Six federal marshals conducting surveillance on Randy Weaver’s cabin encounter the fugitive, his 14-year-old son Samuel and Kevin Harris. A gunbattle ensues and U.S. Deputy Marshal William Degan, left, of Boston and Samuel Weaver are killed.
Aug. 22, 1992: More than 100 state and federal authorities, equipped with helicopters and armored personnel carriers, pour into the woods, putting a perimeter around the cabin. More personnel arrive later.
A protest line is set up near the roadblock by Weaver supporters.
Aug. 22, 1992: Late in the day, Vicki Weaver is killed and Randy Weaver and Harris are wounded by an FBI sniper.
Aug. 23, 1992: As FBI agents move closer to the Weaver cabin during the night, they discover Samuel Weaver’s body in an outbuilding.
Johnny Bangarter shouts at officers as anger seeps from the woods while the parade of police, armored personnel carriers and helicopters mass near Randy Weaver’s cabin on the third day of the standoff.
Aug. 25, 1992: Five skinheads are arrested on a nearby road, apparently while attempting to reach Weaver’s cabin. The vehicle is loaded with weapons.
Aug. 28, 1992: By nightfall, authorities accept Bo Gritz’s offer to talk with Weaver. He is driven in an armored vehicle to an area near the cabin, where he uses a bullhorn to talk with Weaver.
Former Green Beret Bo Gritz tells supporters and reporters August 29, 1992 in Naples, ID., about his conversations earlier in the day with the people still inside the cabin of fugitive Randy Weaver.
Aug. 31, 1992: Weaver and his daughters leave the cabin with Gritz. Weaver is arrested airlifted to Boise, treated at St. Luke’s Hospital and taken to the Ada County Jail.