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>> tonight, the violent standoff turning deadly after nearly a month-long occupation. a dispute over public land. and the dramatic turn of events at a traffic stop. eight men under arrest and the lavoy finicum shot dead. >> there doesn't have to be bloodshed in our community. >> his death sparking a battle cry, some claiming he was killed in cold blood. tensions high as authorities work to bring the standoff to an end. the uber meltdown all caught on tape. this doctor seen assaulting the driver in this violent video gone viral. telling abc news exclusively about the painful consequences of her public tantrum. tonight the lessons we can all learn about a fleeting moment and lingering regret. i'm not a fan of megyn kelly -- >> trump showdown.
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seconds. good evening. tonight, a deadly turn of events
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between the fbi and a group of angry militia men in rural oregon. one rancher killed and conflicting eyewitness accounts adding fuel to the fire in the nearly month-long armed standoff. tonight questions about how this will end. here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: authorities said it was supposed to be a careful and peaceful traffic stop. but instead it ended in the shooting death of robert lavoy finicum, a rancher turned militia spokesman. a takedown that left the leaders of his group handcuffed on the ground. tonight the scene has turned into a rallying cry for the armed occupiers at a remote wildlife refuge here who took over this land in early january. they're calling lavoy a hero in the patriot movement. his picture now spreading online. wrongfully taken out, they say, by overly aggressive law enforcement. >> i believe lavoy finicum was murdered. >> reporter: the fbi and local police won't explain how it all happened or even name finnicum
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gunfire. >> i'm disappointed that a traffic stop yesterday, it was supposed to bring peaceful resolution to this -- ended badly. >> reporter: but one alleged eyewitness says he was just walking with his hands in the air. >> he's like, just shoot me, then, just shoot me! and they did, they shot him dead. >> reporter: in an audio interview posted to youtube, victoria sharp, seen here in this video shot by abc news earlier this month at the refuge, says she was in the car with finicum when it all went down. >> he was just walking. with his hands in the air, i saw it. swear to god. then after he was down on the ground, shot him three more times. like so much about the bizarre occupation, the story is not so clear. another alleged witness said finicum wasn't executed -- >> he charged at law enforcement. he was not on his knees, none of that nonsense.
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>> reporter: one of the occupiers, pete santilly, live streamed his approach to the fbi blockade after he heard shots had been fired. >> if they've taken ammon into custody, it's time for -- there's women and children up there, okay? there's women and children. we need to go get them out. >> reporter: he was then taken into custody. >> they're surrounding us. there's no firearms in the car, please don't aim the rifle -- >> sir, no one's aiming a rifle at you. >> sir, i ask you to move back. this is a perimeter now, i need you to move back. >> reporter: from the beginning police found this strange standoff challenging, fearing a bloodbath if they moved in too quick. >> any time you have people dug in that are armed and that they are making certain demands and saying they're not going to leave until they get those demands you've set up a dynamic where there's a potential for violence, obviously. is there a way to back out of that? >> reporter: while we still don't know the details of the
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himself almost seemed to predict tensions were about to escalate. in an interview just posted by "the oregonian" by youtube. >> the tenor has changed. they have become more hardened. they're doing all the things that shows that they want to take some kinetic action against us. they do not intend on losing here. and we do not intend giving it back to them. >> reporter: but tonight the area's on lockdown, now sealed off by heavily armed fbi s.w.a.t. teams at roadblocks eight miles out. as we found out when approaching. >> you need to go back out and stay outside that sign, please. >> okay, will do. well, those guys meant business. >> reporter: in all, eight key members of the occupation are under arrest, facing a federal charge of conspiracy to impede u.s. officers by use of force. ammon bundy, the leader of the occupation, is among those now in fbi custody. in a surprise move his lawyer called for an end to the standoff.
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federal government to allow the people at the refuge to go home without being prosecuted. >> reporter: words he says bundy wanted him to share. >> to those remaining at the refuge, i love you. let us take this fight from here. please stand down. >> reporter: but the circumstances of finicum's death could be making the occupiers nervous. >> they told us that we could safely leave. well -- the group that was leaving has a dead man in it so it depends on what you believe. >> reporter: the standoff began in early january when several dozen militia men, led by bundy and finicum, took over the remote refuge when no one was there. >> this refuge here is rightfully owned by the people. and we intend to use it. >> reporter: bundy said his group was fighting for the return of thousands of square miles of federal land to ranchers like him and fighting for freedom for two other ranchers convicted of lighting
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>> i'm going to jail for five years for 127. seems like a bit of an overkill. >> reporter: when we first visited the compound, despite the fact that many were armed, it was seemingly peaceful and law enforcement was keeping their distance. >> this is the sanctuary they've taken over. you can see their guard tower in the distance over there. and here you really don't see a lot of presence at all. and they have gasoline, actually, fuel pumps for their vehicles. >> reporter: inside, bunks the militia members slept on. a woman preparing meals. at the time, ranchers were pleading for others to join their cause. >> we need you to get here and stand with us. whether you're armed or unarmed, get up here. >> reporter: finicum, a grandfather of 19, traveled here from arizona and said he was from a long line of ranchers. >> their livelihood is being threatened, their economic ability to ranch is being squeezed, and they're being
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their way of life, generational. -- get down now! >> reporter: lavoy had been in trouble with supports before, joining rancher cliven bundy in a 2014 face-off with federal agents over cattle grazing rights. >> back off! >> reporter: when i met him, he told me he was willing to die for the cause. >> how did we get here in the first place? was there not people who gave their life to us? was it not a great gift, a great sacrifice? it certainly was. you love your wife, you love your kids, you give them a hug. and if i see them on the flip side, i see them on the flip side. >> reporter: today there's growing concern that finicum will become a martyr for extremist groups. many of his supporters voicing their anger all over the internet. nevada assembly member michelle fiore tweeted her support, referring to his death as murder. my heart and prayers go out to lavoy finicum's family. he was just murdered with his hands up in burns, oregon. ryan bundy has been shot in the arm. the comes days may be critical in how all this gets resolved.
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does not want to do is get into an excessive force situation. where they basically raid this refuge and physically remove people who are armed, who may well try to shoot at them, which will probably result in them getting shot. >> reporter: reports tonight that only a handful remain and they are being encouraged by nearby patriot groups to end the siege. the sheriff made it clear today that their time is up. >> it's time for everybody in this illegal occupation to move on. we don't arm up and rebel. this can't happen anymore. this can't happen in america and it can't happen in harny county. >> reporter: for "nightline," neal karlinsky in burns, oregon. up next, the miami doctor captured on video lashing out at the uber driver. the attack spreading like wildfire online. and later, the feud over fight night. donald trump's boycott sparking
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be honest. we've all had undignified moments we're not particularly proud of. but imagine your most egregious lapse of judgment not only caught on tape but going viral. tonight we're hearing from the young florida doctor who was captured verbally and physically assaulting an uber driver. after all the backlash the question is, does the punishment fit the crime? >> madam -- >> call 911. >> reporter: it's the drunken meltdown seen round the world millions of times over. >> seriously? >> yeah, seriously, get some help. >> reporter: this is dr. angeli ramkasun, a fourth-year neurology student from florida, in the midst of what she says is an intoxicated temper tantrum while trying to hijack someone
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it's the latest humiliating moment gone viral. >> i'm a 5-foot girl that weighs 100 pounds. i'm getting really belligerent right now. >> reporter: turning her into the internet's latest villain. >> i would not wish this on my worst enemy. i've received death threats. i received messages, people telling me, you should kill yourself, you don't deserve to live. multiple messages saying, you should have been raped that night. >> [ bleep ] in the car! >> reporter: she sat down exclusively with abc news and admits she was having a bad night. >> when you watch the video what goes through your mind? >> that person in that video is not me. i'm embarrassed. i'm so ashamed. >> there's a big difference between an excuse and an explanation. >> yeah. >> what explains what happened? >> i was very upset.
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the hospital. i just recently broke up with a boyfriend. >> literally that evening? >> minutes prior to. and that's why i decided to leave my car there. i'd taken a couple of drinks and i was trying to catch an uber to get home. >> reporter: the driver, igor bellic, speaking to wtvj. >> she was erratic, she was like screaming, cursing. >> reporter: he waits for police to arrive. >> good night! >> reporter: that's when angeli says she started tearfully trying to make amends. >> i apologized that night to him after we settled and i paid him for the damages. he accepted my apology and i was very grateful he didn't press any charges. >> a lot of people are saying because he didn't press charges that you're getting away with it. >> i don't believe that i got away with it. it was his idea, okay, if you pay me for the damages, everything will be fine. i had no further problems with him that night. >> reporter: but once the video started exploding on the internet, the judge and juries on social media began weighing in. calling her an arrogant drunk little brat that should be
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not be practicing medicine. her employer, jackson health system, put her on administrative leave pending an investigation. >> i think that there's a lot of pressure on employers when their employees act bad in public. >> reporter: crisis management guru howard bragman says our worst moments, if made public, are now fodder for collective schadenfreude. >> this poor girl had a bad day and she's going to pay the price. we've all had a bad day and we didn't get caught when talking to someone this way. >> reporter: getting caught in today's social media frenzy can result in brutal public shaming. >> it's been horrible. my family, first of all, has been targeted. and people were showing up to the house. people were sending packages to the house. >> reporter: many critics online assumed she's a bratty rich girl acting out. but her younger sister says that couldn't be further from the truth. >> they're calling her spoiled, entitled.
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and my dad is a truck driver. used to be a truck driver. he's now disabled and he doesn't work. my mom was a secretary. >> what's it like watching her go through all this? >> it hurts me. it hurts me for everyone involved. >> obviously alcohol was involved. >> yes. >> do you think you have a problem with alcohol? >> i don't think i have a problem with alcohol. i just think it was a horrible night for me. >> for some people when they drink, they're not able to hold back their inner primitive impulses. >> reporter: it's not just alcohol-fueled rage. it's not uncommon for customers to seem to pick on people they expect service from. >> there's no cheese! >> reporter: like this testy exchange at a wendy's. >> i want my money back now! and i want it fast! >> do you feel good about your job? >> reporter: espn reporter brett mchenry suspended a week after her snide comments to a tow truck clerk caused a sensation. >> i could be a college dropout and do the same thing? >> reporter: she later tweeted, i am so sorry for my actions and
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she still works at espn. >> during times of stress and duress, nobody wants to be told no. nobody wants to be told that they need to follow a rule that doesn't work for them. >> reporter: ramkissoon isn't the first person caught behaving badly with uber drivers. when benjamin golden, a taco bell executive, was too drunk to give proper directions, his uber driver asked him to get out. >> sir, get out of my car or i will call the police. >> reporter: that's when golden responded with this. the physical assault landed him in jail. his lawyers said it was an isolated incident. he went on a televised apology tour -- >> you know, i'm not that person. >> reporter: but he still lost his job. golden is counter-suing the driver for $5 million, saying the driver recorded him illegally. as for ramkissoon, uber suspended her account saying, uber expects everyone in our community to treat each other with respect and common courtesy and we have a zero tolerance
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harassment or abuse. >> my rating was five stars, i'd never had any problems. >> what was your reaction? uber suspended your account. >> it's upsetting. i really like uber. >> reporter: she's taking the larger lesson to heart. >> will you keep drinking? >> no. after seeing that? just the thought of alcohol gives me ptsd at this point. i don't even want to look at it. i don't want to touch it. no. >> reporter: a sobering thought for all of us. >> if the driver walked in right now, what would you say to him? >> i would say that i'm so incredibly sorry. that was completely out of character for me. i'm ashamed of what i did to you. up next, pressures piling up in the political arena after trump's boycott announcement. it's not about hugging trees. it's not about being wasteful either.
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think of it as a clash of the titans. a war of words between the republican front-runner known as the donald versus fox news, the dominant conservative cable channel. trump's boycott sparking a fiery debate before the debate. so could he still show up? here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: in iowa a high-stakes game of chicken. donald trump insists he's ducking the last gop debate before the caucuses for reasons he outlined to bill o'reilly. >> i was not treated well by
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they came out with this ridiculous pr statement like drawn up by a child. >> reporter: the donald apparently not swayed by o'reilly's appeals. >> in your christian faith there is a very significant tenet, and that's the tenet of forgiveness. >> you know, it's called an eye for an eye also, you can look at it that way. >> reporter: instead of the debate trump's camp officially announced they'll be hosting a benefit for veterans. senator ted cruz threw down the gauntlet, offering to debate ducking donald mano a mano. he's even booked a venue this saturday. groups backing cruz are promising $1.5 million for vets if he'll accept the challenge. trump tweeted back suggesting they do it in canada. cruz's birthplace. what it all comes down to is an unprecedented battle between the front-running republican candidate and the front-running republican news outlet. >> there's a new campaign to try and take down donald trump. >> reporter: bottom line, trump doesn't like the moderator. >> i'm not a fan of megyn kelly,
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reporter. >> reporter: oh how the times have changed. >> do you really think you're a better moderator than i am? >> no, i could never beat you that wouldn't even be close no contest. you have done a great job, by the way, and i mean it. >> thank you. >> reporter: that's from a fox news interview four years ago when donald trump, then the host of "the celebrity apprentice," was actually scheduled to moderate a republican presidential debate in iowa. but the candidates didn't like that idea. rand paul put out a statement saying, the selection of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate is beneath the office of the presidency and flies in the face of that office's history and dignity. now megyn kelly told e.t. she's not convinced trump won't blink. >> i'll be surprised if he doesn't come. i mean irk know he says he doesn't want to now. but i will really be surprised. i feel like the people of iowa are still persuadable. >> reporter: the art of the deal meets the ultimate reality show. i'm david wright for "nightline"
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