Ruby Ridge was the site of a deadly 1992 standoff in Idaho between federal agents the Weaver family and friend Kevin Harris, which lasted from August 21 to August 31. The Weavers ultimately surrendered, but not before Weaver’s wife, Vicki, and son, Sammy, 14, were killed along with two federal marshals.
Former ATF agent Chuck Hustmyre, who was present at the siege on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Tex., on April 19, 1993, writes about the events of that day.
The 20th anniversary of the Waco siege comes during a week when the city of Waco is once again in the news for a massive fertilizer plant explosion that occurred there Wednesday. On April 19, 1993, a lengthy standoff between the religious group the Branch Davidians and law enforcement came to a brutal end that killed 86 people.