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Police identify man in Lawrence County shooting

Jan. 28, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

IRONTON -- The man who shot at police Sunday before killing himself was identified as Roger W. Crisp, 43, of Campground Road, Waterloo, according to Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless.

Crisp had been in an argument with a relative over the past several days when he fired shots at the relative's residence on County Road 181 (Hog Run Road) in a section of the county between Coal Grove and Ironton about 3 p.m. Sunday, Lawless said.

"He drove by, fired shots at the residence, went up the road and turned around and fired at the residence again," Lawless said. The relative called authorities and sheriff's deputies, Ironton police, Coal Grove police, South Point police and Ohio Highway Patrol officers responded.

A Coal Grove police officer spotted the Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by the suspect and signaled for the man to stop. The suspect refused to stop and continued to drive toward the victim's residence, stopping at the driveway and fired two more shots towards the residence with a handgun before grabbing a .270 caliber, bolt-action Mosberg, a high-powered rifle, and firing three rounds towards the Coal Grove police officer, according to a news release.

One of the shots struck the roof of the cruiser while the officer was inside, Lawless said. The shooter then got back in his vehicle and closed the door, he said.

"We had to call out the SWAT team," Lawless said. Law enforcement officers surrounded the vehicle, trying to communicate with the man inside. Crisp then turned a .22 caliber revolver on himself, firing two shots into his chest, Lawless said.

"We heard two shots and saw him slump over in his vehicle," he said. Crisp was pronounced dead at the scene. His body will be sent to Franklin County for an autopsy.

"No officer discharged a weapon during the incident," Lawless said.