Police arrest suspect after four-hour standoff in Roseville

Geoffrey McCloskey

McCloskey, wanted on multiple warrants, shot with rubber bullet

On Thursday, Sept. 4, multiple agencies including the Roseville Police Department and the East Metro SWAT team responded to a home in the 2100 block of Rice Street in Roseville after receiving an anonymous tip that a man wanted on two active felony warrants was at the residence.

Geoffrey McCloskey, 33, of New Richmond, Wisconsin, was wanted on two different charges for fleeing police, in Ramsey and Hennepin counties. 

Officers reportedly attempted to serve the warrants, but McCloskey fled to a bedroom in the lower level of the home and tried to escape out a window.

However, upon discovering officers outside the house as well, McCloskey went back into the home and barricaded himself in a bedroom.

After several attempts to get McCloskey to surrender peacefully, the East Metro SWAT team was called in to assist Roseville officers because of his criminal history, according to a statement from the department.

McCloskey has several prior felony convictions including meth possession, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, third-degree burglary and criminal property damage.

The SWAT team "made numerous attempts to speak with McCloskey but had no success," according to a police statement. 

McCloskey still did not surrender himself despite the SWAT team's use of "diversionary devices" and gas.

After about four hours, McCloskey attempted to escape the room via an open garage door and "aggressively charged" nearby officers. He was shot with "one less-than-lethal" rubber bullet in the leg and taken into custody.

A statement from the department says McCloskey's new charges will probably be obstructing the legal process and failing to obey the lawful order of a police officer.

-- Johanna Holub

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