Missouri postal employee kills self after standoff
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) _ Authorities say a standoff at a Missouri post office ended when a worker was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Rolla police were called to the post office Saturday, with initial reports that the man had taken hostages.
The co-workers left the building shortly after officers arrived but the man refused to surrender. After hours of attempted negotiations, a SWAT team entered the post office and found the man dead.
Police identified him as 33-year-old Benedict Benito, of Rolla.
Capt. Jason Smith said Monday that an investigation determined Benito didn’t point his gun at his co-workers or hold them hostage.
Rolla Police Chief Sean Fagan said the man was a good employee who was never in trouble. Police say his motive is not clear.