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Suspect found dead after standoff in Polk County

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Officers were at the scene of a rural home near Tabor, Minn., Monday afternoon. Joshua Komer / Forum News Service2 / 2

TABOR, Minn. -- An armed standoff in Polk County started Monday morning when a mail carrier's car may have been shot at.

A Polk County deputy initially responded around 11:30  a.m. to a rural area near Tabor.

The mail carrier says he heard two gunshots, which then caused his rear window to shatter. It's unknown right now if his car was hit.

The responding officer found a man with a shotgun, who fired at the deputy, striking his squad car. Backup was called in and a standoff began.

The shooter was later found dead outside his home with a high-powered rifle.

Authorities say they know of at least one officer who returned fire at the suspect.

The shooter's name has not yet been released.

His body has been taken to Grand Forks for an autopsy.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is now investigating.

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