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Rocky Mount standoff suspect has died

Posted May 27, 2009 4:49 p.m. EDT

— The Rocky Mount man who held law enforcement officers at bay for almost 20 hours earlier this week has died, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said.

Thomas Austin Rose, 22, shot himself Tuesday morning as State Bureau of Investigation agents entered the home where he had barricaded himself.

Deputies were trying to serve Rose outstanding warrants for a probation violation and a larceny charge when Rose barricaded himself inside a friend's house at 724 Dana Lane. No one else was inside the house at the time.

An SBI special response team was called in early Tuesday, and Nash County Sheriff Richard Jenkins said agents began making a move toward the house around 9:15 a.m.

As agents entered the house and were looking around, they heard a gunshot. They found Rose in either a closet or pantry, Jenkins said.

Rose had a criminal record dating to 2004, and he had been in and out of jail since 2005, according to court records. Some of his charges were breaking and entering, resisting a public officer and possession of stolen goods.