Suspect in mail carrier shooting found dead

Published 9:04 am Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CROOKSTON — Sheriff’s officials in northwestern Minnesota said a man is dead after shooting a mail carrier’s vehicle and a deputy’s squad car.

Authorities said the mail carrier was making deliveries late Monday morning when gunshots shattered the rear window of his vehicle in Polk County. A deputy who responded to Northland Township was confronted by a man with a rifle. The deputy called for help and other law enforcement agencies responded.

Officials said the man fired at the deputy, striking the squad car. One officer returned fire. The man was later found dead outside his home with a high-powered rifle. Authorities haven’t said who fired the fatal shot.

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According to a press release, a dozen law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Border Patrol, responded to the scene. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will investigate.