FBI had put Randy Weaver's remote northern Idaho ranch under surveillance, apparently
after he failed to appear in court on firearms charges.
21st August 1991 US marshals came across Kevin Harris, Randy Weaver; Weaver's
14-year-old son, Sammy; and the family dog, Striker. Accounts of who shot first
are disputed: Weaver said the US Marshall shot the dog and they returned fire.
The US Marshall's say they only returned fire after being shot at first.
In the ensuing shoot-out Sammy and US marshal Michael Degan were shot dead.
tense standoff resulted.
FBI joined the surveillance on this day, 22nd August 1992.
FBI sharpshooter wounds Randy Weaver, Kevin Harris, and shoots Weaver's wife,
Vicki, in the head, dead (she was holding a door open with one hand, and had her
infant child in the other arm at the time).
a 10 day long siege, Weaver decides to take his chances with the legal route and
defense team argued he had acted in self-defense and he was cleared of all charges
except missing the original court date. He was sentenced to 18 months and a $10,000
Harris was acquitted of all charges.
1994 Weaver and Harris filed suit against the FBI and US Marshall's, for which
they won $3.1mn damages.
a fuller account of this complicated case go to wikipedia's entry here.