Man found dead inside post office in Rolla after standoff

ROLLA, Mo. (KY3) -- Police say a man shot and killed himself after a standoff at a post office in Rolla.

According to police, an overnight employee of the post office walked in and took several people at gunpoint. He had just returned to the post office after delivering packages. Police say a hostage called officers at 1:30 p.m. to say the man had a gun, holding the employees inside. Those people left unharmed after police convinced the man to let them go.

Police say they do not know when the man fired the shot that killed him. The S.W.A.T team went inside the post office around 7 p.m. after losing contact with the man.

Employees say the man, 32, was well liked by his coworkers. Police say they do not have a motive at this time.

"We don't know why he did it. He was a very good employee. They liked him very much. He has never been in any kind of trouble. The only thing we can assume is that he had some personal issues, but we will have to determine that later when we are interviewing the family," Rolla Police Chief Sean Fagan said. "It was not the outcome we wanted to see, but fortunately, no innocent people were hurt. No police officers were hurt, but we are sorry it turned out like it did."

The United States Postal Inspection Service is working in conjunction with Rolla Police on the investigation.

Paul Shade, postal inspector for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, tells KY3 News that the main priority of the postal service is to ensure the safety of employees.

Shade says they are working to notify the man's family members and trying to figure out what led him to this decision.

It is unclear whether or not the post office will be open Monday morning, because the investigation may still be ongoing.

However, Shade says, mail will still run on time.

Shade says they would like the public to know they are taking care of the employees who have been affected by this incident in any way.