[sixties-l] Michigan standoff ends with second man killed

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Date: Wed Sep 05 2001 - 15:17:15 EDT

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    Michigan standoff ends with second man killed

    The Associated Press

    VANDALIA, Mich. (September 4, 2001 10:53 a.m. EDT) - A
    campground standoff ended
    in its fifth day Tuesday when a second man was fatally
    shot by police after he
    allegedly pointed a weapon at an officer.

    Rolland Rohm, 28, was shot about 6:30 a.m., the day
    after his roommate was fatally
    shot by an FBI agent, Cass County Sheriff Joseph
    Underwood Jr. said.

    Rohm had been ordered several times to put his weapon
    down, Underwood said. He
    said Rohm pointed the gun at a Michigan State Police
    officer and was shot. It wasn't
    clear which officer shot Rohm.

    On Monday, Grover T. Crosslin, whose campground was
    known for its advocacy of
    marijuana use, was shot after he left a building on
    the property and pointed a rifle at
    the agent, Underwood said.

    Crosslin, 47, had been facing felony drug and weapons
    charges when the standoff
    began Friday, authorities said.

    Early Tuesday, Rohm had said he would surrender at 7
    a.m. if his son were brought to
    see him, Underwood said. The sheriff said police were
    in the process of granting the
    request when shortly after 6 a.m., a fire was reported
    at the compound.

    Rohm was then seen leaving the residence with a long
    gun and walking into the yard,
    Underwood said. That's when the confrontation with
    police took place.

    The standoff began when deputies went to the farm
    after neighbors said Crosslin was
    burning buildings on his property, which is the target
    of civil forfeiture proceedings. A
    house and four main buildings on the campground
    property, called Rainbow Farm,
    appeared to have been burned since then, Underwood

    Crosslin reportedly warned neighbors that day to leave
    the area because "all hell was
    going to break loose."

    Deputies said they believe Crosslin was upset about a
    bond revocation hearing
    scheduled for Friday. It was set because police
    believed he had held a festival on the
    campground, in violation of the terms of his release
    on previous drug and weapons

    Crosslin had been arrested in May over allegations of
    marijuana use at his 34-acre
    campground and charged with felony possession of a
    firearm, growing marijuana and
    maintaining a drug house.

    Crosslin became agitated Monday after authorities
    brought a phone to him in an
    attempt to begin negotiations, Underwood said. When
    authorities denied Crosslin's
    request to speak with a third party, he began making
    threatening remarks and
    gestures, the sheriff said. That's when he left the
    residence and was shot.

    A judge had signed a warrant earlier Monday charging
    Crosslin with attempted
    destruction of an aircraft and using a firearm in a
    felony, the FBI said.

    Authorities alleged Crosslin shot a news helicopter
    from WNDU-TV in nearby South
    Bend, Ind., as it flew overhead Friday. Shots also
    were fired at an unmarked state
    police plane Saturday but missed, police said. Both
    aircraft landed safely without

    According to the Rainbow Farm's Web site, Crosslin
    bought the property about 15
    years ago with the idea of supporting "the medical,
    spiritual and responsible
    recreational uses of marijuana for a more sane and
    compassionate America."

    Crosslin had previously worked as a truck driver and a
    flag pole installer.

    Crosslin's attorney, Dori Leo, said her client was
    upset because a child he helped
    raise has been taken from the home he shared with
    Rohm. The boy was placed in
    foster care soon after Crosslin and Rohm were charged
    with the drug counts, Leo told
    the South Bend Tribune.

    Vandalia Mayor Sondra Mose-Ursery said she knew
    Crosslin well and wasn't surprised
    by his confrontation with authorities.

    "I figured it was going to happen, by the way he had
    talked about not wanting to go
    to jail for (doing) something he believed in," she
    told the Tribune. "He believes he
    should be able to do what he wants on his own

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