Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 7


Aired Wednesday Nov 07, 2007 on CBS



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    • Ruby Ridge

      An arrest warrant was issued for Randy Weaver in February 1991 for failure to appear at a firearms hearing. Weaver, friend Kevin Harris, and Weaver's family lived in a cabin in the mountains of Ruby Ridge, Idaho. Federal marshals knew Weaver would not leave his home, and considered him very dangerous due to his ties to aggressive militia groups and his own Green Beret training. A Special Ops Group of marshals began closing in on the Weavers' home in August 1992. Shots were exchanged that left the Weaver's dog, Federal Marshal William Degan, and Weaver's son, Sam, dead. The FBI Hostage Rescue Team took over the next day. A FBI sniper was authorized to use deadly force, and Weaver's wife, Vicki, was killed as she held her daughter in her arms. The rest of the Weaver family, including a wounded Randy Weaver, eventually surrendered eight days later after a standoff. Both Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris were acquitted of all charges. Weaver was only charged with missing his original court date and violating bail conditions. He was fined and spent a total of 22 months in jail. After a two-year investigation, many FBI officials were censored and suspended for their actions at Ruby Ridge.

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