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Man apprehended for firearms offenses after day-long search

After a more than a 10-hour search, the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office took Robert Paul Rosell Jr., 32, of Gloucester, into custody on Monday evening on charges of brandishing a firearm, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, a Class 6 felony.

The incident caused concern throughout the area, resulting in several schools in the northern part of the county going into lockdown out of an abundance of caution.

According to Lt. Michael Rice of GCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division, deputies were dispatched to the 3300 block of Lowneyville Lane in reference to a disorderly person armed with a shotgun just before 9 o’clock Monday morning. Deputies learned that there was a struggle for the weapon in question after the suspect had brandished and pointed the weapon at a resident.

As deputies arrived, the suspect fled the scene while in possession of the shotgun. Deputies searched for the suspect and began checking the welfare of residents in the imme...

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