Rocky Mount Standoff Suspect Dies

Nash County deputies say a man who they say kept them at bay during a 20-hour standoff has died.

Deputies say Thomas Rose, who friends say went by his middle name of Austin, shot himself in the head during a 20-hour standoff that began Monday afternoon. He died at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Rose was wanted by authorities after they say he ran from them several weeks ago.

Deputies say they received a tip Monday that he was staying at a friend's home on Dana Lane. As they approached the home, Rose ran inside and deputies say he fired several shots.

The standoff ended Tuesday morning after a police robot, equipped with a camera, went into the home and showed that Rose was shot. A SWAT team then entered and secured the home.

An armed standoff in Rocky Mount has ended.

Police brought out Thomas Rose on a stretcher from the area around 9:45 a.m.

Sheriff Dick Jenkins says Rose shot himself sometime during the 20-hour standoff.

The suspect was first taken to Nash General Hospital. Spokeswoman Sandi Paige said Rose was in critical condition with a head wound. He was then flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Authorities say Rose broke off talks with negotiators shortly after 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Jenkins says this morning they deployed a remote-controlled robot into the house and that's when they discovered Rose had shot himself. A special response team then entered the home and secured it so Rose could be transported to the hospital.

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Nash County dispatchers say officers are still in a Rocky Mount neighborhood where they say an armed suspect is holed up inside a house.

Authorities tell WITN News that Nash County deputies attempted to serve warrants on Thomas "Austin" Rose Monday afternoon when the standoff began.

Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins says they received a tip from an informant that Rose was at the home of a friend on Dana Lane. Jenkins says a negotiator continues to speak with Rose while Rocky Mount's Special Response Team is at the scene.

Nash County investigators have multiple warrants for Rose's arrest on charges that include breaking and entering, larceny and probation violation.

Police say Rose fired shots inside the home but is continuing to talk with hostage negotiators as authorities surround the property.

On the Department of Correction web site Rose is listed as an absconder from probation/parole supervision. He has served time in prison for felony breaking & entering, damage to property, trespassing, and larceny. Rose was released from prison on June 26, 2008.

According to Rocky Mount Police, no officers have fired their weapons.

Earlier police told us the standoff began after a police chase. But Sheriff Jenkins says that chase actually happened two weeks ago with Rose running away from deputies on foot.

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