VANDALIA, Mich. - A campground standoff ended today with a second man
fatally shot after pointing a gun at police, police said.

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

Underwood said Rohm was shot after several orders by police to put his
weapon down. He said Rohm then pointed the gun at a Michigan State Police
officer and was shot. It wasn't clear which officer shot Rohm.

Underwood said about 3:45 a.m., Rohm asked that his son be brought to see
him and told police that if he was, he would surrender at 7 a.m.

"We were actually having a dialogue with Mr. Rohm and he was in the
process, we felt, of bringing this to a successful conclusion," 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 Rainbow Farm residence.
Rohm was then seen leaving the residence with a long gun and walking into
the yard, Underwood said.

"He comes out with a weapon and he engages officers again and they have to
respond," Underwood said.

He said a Michigan state police bomb squad was checking the campground
because they believed it had been booby-trapped.

Rohm lived at the campground, called Rainbow Farms, with Grover T.
Crosslin, the campground's owner. Crosslin, 47, was fatally shot Monday
evening by an FBI agent. Crosslin was shot after he pointed a rifle at the
agent, Underwood said.

The standoff began Friday when deputies went to the farm after neighbors
said Crosslin, was burning buildings on his property.

The sheriff's department said an anonymous call warned them that the fire
was set up to ambush police, so officers set up a perimeter around the camp
for safety reasons.

Dori Leo, Crosslin's and Rohm's attorney, said she spoke to Rohm late
Monday night and planned to return today to try to persuade him to leave
the farm peacefully. Rohm and his 12-year-old son, who was placed in foster
care about a month or two ago, had lived with Crosslin "as a family unit"
for at least five years, Leo said.


Newshawk: Stop The Killing
Pubdate: Tue, 04 Sep 2001
Source: Daily Mining Gazette, The (MI)
Copyright: 2001 The Daily Mining Gazette
Contact: bheisel@mininggazette.com
Website: http://www.mininggazette.com/
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1318
Author: James Prichard, Associated Press Writer