Update: Man Didn't Hold Hostages in Rolla Post Office Standoff

ROLLA, Mo. -- One man is dead after a Sunday afternoon standoff with police at a Rolla post office but police say he didn't actually hold hostages.

Initially, police said the man held hostages, though none were injured.

After talking with the postal employees involved, investigators determined the 33-year-old man didn't threaten or hold the employees hostage.

According to a news release, police received a call around 2:30 p.m. that an armed man barricaded himself in the post office.

When police arrived, they contacted the subject, a post office employee, and another co-worker. Rolla Police Chief Sean Fagan said after about two hours, the co-workers were able to leave.

The man didn't surrender to officers and refused additional contact with negotiators.

The Rolla Police Department's Crisis Negotiation Team and SWAT Team responded to the post office.

After several hours, the SWAT Team went in the building to check on the subject but found him dead from a single gunshot wound.

The incident is still under investigation and next of kin have been notified.

Fagan said the man was a good employee at the post office and had finished his overnight route Sunday morning.

If you have any information about this, contact Detective Derrick Dillon at the Rolla Police Department’s Division of Criminal Investigations Unit at (573) 308-1213, or you can remain anonymous by calling the Rolla Police Department’s Confidential Tip Line at (573) 364-0111.

The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Phelps County Sheriff's Department, University of Missouri-Science and Technology Police Department and the Rolla Fire Department assisted in the investigation.

The United States Postal Service released the following statement Monday afternoon:

"As postal operations resume today in Rolla, our employees appreciate the community’s support following yesterday’s difficult situation. The Postal Service is providing support services for those postal employees seeking assistance as we continue to hold the family of the victim in our thoughts and prayers.  We also wish to extend our appreciation for the work of local law enforcement which resulted in the safe exit of our co-workers who were inside the facility."


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