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Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2002 11:39:55 -0800
From: radtimes <email@example.com>
Subject: Prosecutor says Rainbow Farm shootings justified
Prosecutor: Police Acted Properly
January 07, 2002
CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (AP) - The FBI and Michigan State Police were justified
when they shot and killed two men at a campground known for its advocacy of
marijuana use, a prosecutor said in a report released Monday.
The standoff at Rainbow Farm began Aug. 31 when Tom Crosslin, 46, skipped a
court date relating to drug and weapons charges and allegedly set fire to
buildings on his farm, which High Times magazine once rated one of the
nation's premier marijuana-smoking spots.
Cass County Sheriff's deputies arrived and surrounded the farm, and were
joined later by the FBI and Michigan State Police.
Three days after the standoff began and negotiations had failed, Crosslin
left the farm's main house, armed with a rifle, to get food and supplies
from a neighbor's farm.
On his way back to his house, he spotted an agent in the woods and raised
his rifle, Cass County Prosecutor Scott Teter said. Two agents fired at
Crosslin, killing him.
Rolland Rohm, 28, who was Crosslin's business partner, remained in the main
house. The next morning, after Rohm had agreed to surrender, the main house
began burning, Teter said.
Thirty minutes later, Rohm ran out of the house carrying a rifle and
wearing black face paint. Teter said Rohm spotted a Michigan National Guard
light armored vehicle and pointed his rifle at two guardsmen.
Two Michigan State Police snipers nearby in the woods fired at Rohm and
In both cases, Teter said, the shooters were protecting themselves or others.
The Rohm and Crosslin families said through a spokesman Monday that they
rejected the findings.
"We think that Teter is playing fast and loose with the truth," spokesman
Bill McMaster said. "There are two unexplained homicides caused by 120
police with snipers, tanks and helicopters."
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