Columbine report will be released after anniversary; question of who killed Daniel Rohrbough


Thursday, April 11th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) _ A report has been completed on the death of Columbine High School student Daniel Rohrbough, but it will not be released until after next week's anniversary of the school shootings.

Jefferson County officials received the 1,200-page report Wednesday from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, which studied the boy's death at Jefferson County's request. At issue is whether Rohrbough, 15, was killed by the student shooters three years ago or, as his family believes, was accidentally shot by a police officer.

District Attorney Dave Thomas will release the report after the third anniversary April 20 ``out of respect for the Columbine community,'' said Pam Russell, his spokeswoman.

Thomas and the Colorado attorney general's office will review the report to determine whether more investigation is needed, Russell said.

Jefferson County investigators concluded Rohrbough was shot by the Columbine attackers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. In all, 12 students and a teacher were killed and 23 other people wounded before the two teen gunmen killed themselves.

After Rohrbough's family claimed in a lawsuit that he was really killed by a Denver police officer, Jefferson County Sheriff John Stone had asked El Paso County to investigate.

Families of several Columbine victims sued school officials and authorities, saying they botched the response and could have done more to prevent the massacre. A judge dismissed all of the suits except one filed by the family of teacher Dave Sanders, who bled to death.

Stone announced last week he would not seek re-election because of the lingering controversies surrounding the Columbine shooting.