An out-of-state fugitive wanted in a fatal arson was caught in Minnesota in a stolen government vehicle, but not before he led law enforcement officers on an interstate chase and drew gunfire from a deputy who feared he was about to be run over.
Gregory A. Rose, 46, of Midland, Mich., was apprehended without further resistance Monday on a county highway about 30 miles southwest of Duluth and remains jailed Tuesday in Carlton County, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Rose was driving a truck stolen from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Croix County, Wis., the Sheriff’s Office said. He is being investigated in Michigan for a serious assault and an arson Friday that killed a 67-year-old woman in his home city of Midland. He’s also accused of violating terms of his recent parole from prison in Michigan on a sentence for armed robbery and criminal sexual conduct.
According to Carlton County authorities:
About 7:10 a.m. Monday, a state trooper pursued Rose in the speeding truck on northbound Interstate 35 near Mahtowa until the fleeing vehicle crossed the median and headed north in the southbound lanes.
About 50 minutes later, a sheriff’s deputy saw the truck on Hwy. 61 just north of Moose Lake. It drove onto the Willard Munger State Trail heading toward Moose Lake.
With several state and local officers in pursuit, the truck “was increasing speeds, swerving in and out of traffic, and failing to stop” along county and township roads, the Sheriff’s Office account read.
A deputy attempting to deploy tire deflation devices on a township road saw Rose driving at him, prompting the deputy to shoot at the truck. Rose was not struck but soon gave up on Hwy. 4, just west of Mahtowa.
No injuries were reported during the pursuit. Two Sheriff’s Office squad cars were damaged during the chase.