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Man shot himself during standoff with police, deputies in southern MN

Two kids were in the home for part of a the standoff.

A 38-year-old man involved in an hours-long standoff with police in Le Center killed himself Monday night, officials said. 

According to the Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office, the sheriff's office and Le Center Police Department responded to a home on the 300 block of South Cordova Avenue in Le Center around 9:19 p.m. for a report of a domestic assault. 

When law enforcement arrived, a 37-year-old woman said she was physically assaulted and strangled by her boyfriend, 38-year-old Michael Lee Elie. 

She said her kids, ages 12 and 4, were still in the house, hiding in the upper story. Elie had a gun and threatened to kill her and any law enforcement that responded, she said. 

Officers at the scene "eventually" made contact with Elie over the phone, but "he refused to exit the residence and a stand-off commenced," the release said. 

Officers, who were still on the phone with Elie, convinced him to let the kids leave the home. 

At about 7:15 a.m. on July 6, officers "breached" the home and found Elie in the lower level, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. 

Officials are still investigating. 

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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