Randy Weaver, the survivalist best known for his role in the Ruby Ridge confrontation with the FBI, has died at the age of 74.
This was confirmed by his daughter Sara on Facebook on Thursday.
She wrote: “Love you always dad….
“Until next time I see you
“January 3, 1948 – May 11, 2022
A cause of death for Weaver was not released.
Weaver’s wife Vicki and 14-year-old son Samuel were killed by an FBI sniper in 1992 during an 11-day standoff in the Idaho mountains.
The standoff began when the US Marshall Service attempted to arrest Weaver for failing to appear on a firearms arraignment.
Weaver had chosen not to surrender and stayed at his cabin on Ruby Ridge with his family for a year and a half.
When Marshalls showed up at the property, a shootout ensued and Marshalls shot and killed the family dog, Striker.
A confrontation ensued, and when Weaver, his son Samuel, and his friend Kevin Harris came out to check on the situation.
Samuel was shot by marshals, and Harris then shot Deputy US Marshal William Francis Degan.
The following day, Weaver’s wife, Vicki, was shot in the head by an FBI sniper while holding their 10-month-old daughter.
Harris was also seriously injured during the standoff.
Weaver and his three daughters surrendered 11 days later after a civilian negotiator ordered him to allow Harris medical attention.
He turned himself in and was charged with killing Degan, but was acquitted of all charges except the original bail violation.
Harris was also charged with murder but was later acquitted.
Weaver, a self-proclaimed separatist, eventually served 16 months in prison on the original gun charge, but after the horror that rocked Ruby Ridge, where the family lived, he stayed with Weaver until the anniversary of his death.
The Weaver family has settled a $3.1 million lawsuit with the Department of Justice.
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