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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  • by anon Location: wallace on Jun 3, 2009 at 01:10 AM
    TO SAM 10-4 i gotcha buddy
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 2, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    To anon of Wallace, I see the points that you are saying dude, but yes you do have to look at both sides and yes you do have to look at your surroundings these days. When two sides can't come together on an agreement on something, then problems occur. Yes there are bad criminals out there. You have good people in all professions and you have bad evil people in all professions as well.
  • by CJS Location: NC on May 29, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    My thoughts are with the Rose family during this difficult and stressful time. He was your son, your brother, and your friend. I hope you can focus on the positives in his life - a shared laugh, a needed hug, or a quiet moment together. Regardless of the choices he made, I know you love him and will miss him. To the rest of you...psssst...your ignorance is showing.
  • by tragic Location: rocky mount on May 28, 2009 at 03:47 PM
    it really sickens me to see so many people past judgment on an individual they dont even know, Austin had made mistakes and no not common mistakes but please have some respect for his family and friends, it's so easy for people to sit behind a computer and write such hateful comments, Austin obviously needed help that was never given to him, he was in and out of trouble and the judicial system saw an easy way to deal with him by locking him up, why not help reform him and rehabilitate, oh but wait cause that might costs tax payers more money right?? give me a frickin break, in case you've forgotten this was a human life and none of you have to right to say he didnt deserve to live, my prayers go out to his family, may you rest in peace Austin
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2009 at 11:15 AM
    apparantly, the only reason he would give you the shirt of his back seems to be because he stole from somebody else.
  • by anonymous on May 28, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    I cannot believe the comments that I have read. It is so sad that some people have no more regard for someone's life than this. That is exactly what is wrong with our society. I am sad that things happened the way they did, but he was someone's child, brother, and friend. Have we forgotten about common human decency? I just hate that someone that young troubled or not was so desperate that he took the action he did to take his own life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the law enforcement officials of Nash County.
  • by RIP AUSTIN Location: Rocky Mount on May 28, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    He did not make the best decisions in the world, but he was a wonderful friend who would give you the shirt right off his back, and those of you who only knew him as a theft would't know what I'm talking about. Yeah I know that if it was your things he was taking you have all rights to feel a little disgusted by him. But if you have no idea who he was you shouldn't be fussing about your "tax money". Just like "Alex" said he didn't start shooting innocent people, and if Austin was a dangerous person don't you think that would have been the first thing he would have done? Was start shooting at the cops? He didn't want to hurt or harm anyone, he was scared; just like we all would have been. He had just said not to long ago he was ging to turn himself in, but before he could look what happens. The people who think the RMPD should have shot him are wrong, and don't know what they are talking about. Rest In Peace Thomas Alston Rose, we love you so much! You will always be in our hearts!
  • by anon Location: wallace on May 28, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    TO FRIEND IN ROCKY MOUNT,i never said he got what he deserved, i am just glad that no innocent people got what he deserved, that would be to he hurt himself. i am not glad that anyone passed in this situation, i am sure he is in the Lords hands and the Lord will do what is right with his soul.
  • by anon Location: wallace on May 28, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    TO SAM,my uncle was the sheriff,but until i put those shoes on and walked it,all those stories did not make sense until you have to deal with it hands on.like having an illness,you can't know the feeling unless you have had it.i know some people hear/see things about police officers job,they are the kind of people that have seen everything but the wind and have done everything but the electric chair!i wouldn't know the first thing about being a cpa.but hearing about what they do still would not enlighten me unless i became one.all i am trying to say is,it is different being in those shoes dealing with imbalanced people. that's why the media sometimes only shows or tells just enough of the whole story and end up with people making wrong assumptions.famous last words are "if i was in charge or if it was me" i would have done this or that.no one knows until they are in the line of fire and or calling the shots.split second decisions are torn apart by media and defense lawyers.
  • by RIP AUSTIN Location: Rocky Mount on May 28, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    Whether anyone likes it or not, there are people our here that love and care for Austin, he will always have a special place in our hearts. He made bad decisions, yeah.. and which one of you ppl on here haven't? & If you have ever lost anyone close to you, you should know the feeling that we all feel right now. Knowing we can't call Austin and talk to him on the phone, seeing his pretty smile. Some of us only have that last impression of him laying on the hospital bed. We were at the scene trying to get him out with our support, and no the RMPD would not let us speak to him. Which we all believe would have made him come out. He wanted his friends because he felt like he had no one else. No one is asking for sympathy, just a little kindness from your heart, just enough to pray for then family & friends. This makes two deaths in the Rose family in 3 days. If you only knew what was running threw our heads while waiting and watching our friend slowly die, you might feel different.
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