VANDALIA, Mich. (AP) -- An FBI agent fatally shot a campground owner who allegedly fired at a news helicopter and a police plane during a four-day standoff that began after he started burning buildings and reportedly telling neighbors "all hell was going to break loose."
Grover T. Crosslin, whose campground was known for its advocacy of marijuana use, was shot Monday night after he exited a building on his property and pointed a rifle at the agent, Cass County Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. said in a news release late Monday.
Crosslin, 47, had been facing felony drug and weapons charges when the standoff began Friday, authorities said.
Roland Rohm, who lived with Crosslin, remained inside the residence early Tuesday and FBI agents were negotiating for his surrender, FBI Special Agent Dawn Clenney said.
Supporters of Crosslin and the campground, called Rainbow Farm, gathered near the property throughout the weekend. Many of them waived signs denouncing the government and held a candlelight vigil Sunday night.
The group declined requests for comment early Tuesday, saying they would make a statement later in the day.
His father, Grover Crosslin, told the Detroit Free Press and South Bend Tribune earlier Monday that his son is a good man, but stubborn.
"When he believes in something, he's going to take it all the way to the end," Grover Crosslin said. "I don't have the slightest idea what's going to happen here, but to me it doesn't look promising because I don't see my son backing down."
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 appeared to have been burned since then, Underwood said.
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 charges.
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, Clenney 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 injuries.
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 property."
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Rainbow Farm: http://www.rainbowfarmcampground.com/
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