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Shooter dead after Polk County standoff; neighbors relieved

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TABOR, MN (WDAZ-TV) - It started with shots fired at the mailman and ended with a man dead.

Police are still trying to figure out if a Polk County homeowner took his own life, or did an officer shoot and kill him during an hour-long shootout?

It was a bizarre day in the usually quiet northwestern part of Polk County.

Stacy Polley, neighbor: "Nope, not at all, it's pretty quiet out here usually."

Polley lives a couple of miles away from the property where the standoff took place in the small farming town of Tabor.

"I was worried! Just glad that we were at work and my kids were all at school," says Polley.

The incident started around 11:20 Monday morning when a mail carrier had his windows shot out.

Police then arrived on scene and engaged in a shootout with the man armed with a high-powered rifle with scope.

Law enforcement and SWAT teams from nearly 100 miles away came to help out and were on scene for hours, shutting down county 23 for hours.

Polley: "They weren't going to be dropping off kids north of the highway in the area so we called an made our daughter stay in town after school."

The incident ended with the shooter dead on his driveway around 2 p.m.

The cause of his death has yet to be determined, but police admit they shot at him during the standoff.

Despite the terrifying incident, Polley, like many of her neighbors, says she is not concerned about her family's safety.

Police are still investigating the incident and the crime scene was closed off all day.

An autopsy will be performed on the body to determine the cause of death.

Authorities are not releasing the names of the shooter or officers involved in the stand-off at this time.