ROLLA, Mo. - The police department received a 9-1-1 call around 2:30 p.m. Sunday about an armed man who had barricaded himself inside the U.S. Post Office, 501 W. 8th Street. As officers were on the way, a caller said the man was holding several postal employees as hostages. That turned out not to be true.
Officers talked with the man and one of his co-workers by telephone. Shortly afterwards, the co-workers were able to exit the facility. The man refused to surrender to the officers and a standoff ensued.
The Rolla Police Department’s Crisis Negotiation Team and SWAT Team went to the post office. Negotiators tried to contact the man but he refused to talk. Several hours later, after not hearing anything from inside the building, the SWAT Team entered the building and found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The man was Benedict J.G. Benito, 33, of Rolla.
Investigators talked to postal employees who were in the building. They said Benito did not point his gun at them, threaten them in any way, or hold them hostage.
This incident is still under investigation. Anyone having information about this incident or Benito can contact Rolla Police Detective Derrick Dillon at (573) 308-1213, or may remain anonymous by calling the Rolla Police Department’s Confidential Tip Line at (573) 364-0111.