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Suspect found dead after shooting at deputy, mail carrier in far NW Minn.

Officers were at the scene of a rural home near Tabor, Minn., Monday afternoon. Joshua Komer / Forum News Service

TABOR, Minn. -- A northwest Minnesota man is dead after a standoff that law enforcement officials say was prompted by him firing a rifle at a mail carrier and a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy late Monday morning.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence at approximately 11:21 a.m. when a rural mail carrier reported a rear window of his vehicle was shattered by gunfire, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

The mail carrier reported hearing two gunshots, at least one of which struck his vehicle. When a Polk County deputy responded, he encountered a man with a rifle and called for backup. The man shot at the deputy and struck his vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

The man was found dead outside his residence next to what the sheriff’s office described as a high-powered rifle.

The sheriff’s office did not say how long after the initial shooting the man was found dead or how he died. At least one law enforcement officer returned fire during the incident, according to the press release.

The man’s body was taken to Grand Forks, N.D., for an autopsy. His name was not released.

Several area law enforcement agencies, including the Grand Forks Regional SWAT team, responded to the scene.

Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said the Grand Forks SWAT team was dispatched to the scene at about noon Monday. The team was seen leaving the area at about 2:50 p.m.

Officers from several agencies were at the scene and blocked off dirt roads leading up to the property, located about 16 miles from East Grand Forks in far northwest Minnesota.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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