Man found dead inside post office in Rolla after standoff

ROLLA, Mo. -- The Missouri Highway Patrol says a man shot and killed himself after a standoff at a post office in Rolla.

Police report that 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 shortly later escaped after police convinced the man to let them go.

Police say they do not know when the man fired a shot that killed him. Police went inside the post office around 7 p.m. after losing contact with the man.

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

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, says 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.

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

However, 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.