St. Joseph, LA (WKOW) -- A family member of the gunman who held three people hostage at a rural Louisiana bank rushed to the scene out of concern for his relative.
At about 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, a car drove toward the bank, breaking through the police perimeter, according to the Monroe "News Star." It reported that the driver, a family member of the suspect, was arrested at gunpoint and escorted from the scene.
Eight hours later, police moved in on gunman Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, who is in his 20s, and shot and killed him. Ahmed shot his two remaining hostages as police came in. Police confirmed to the Associated Press that one hostage is dead and the other is in critical condition. Ahmed released the third hostage, identified as Patricia Davis, Tuesday evening.
St. Joseph, LA (WKOW) -- A gunman and one hostage are dead, a second hostage is in critical condition after a 12-hour hostage-standoff at a rural Louisiana bank early Wednesday morning.
Louisiana State Police say the gunman, Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, who is in his 20s, walked into the bank at about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday and took three hostages. He released one hostage, identified as Patricia Davis, Tuesday evening, but shot the other two when police moved in on him just before midnight.
Police say they felt negotiations were no longer possible and they had no choice but to move in on Ahmed. Before police shot and killed the gunman, Ahmed shot the remaining two hostages. The hostage who died and the one in critical condition were a man and a woman, who both worked for the bank. At about 5:15 a.m., police confirmed to the Associated Press that one of the hostages had died.
Authorities describe the gunman as having paranoid schizophrenia.
"He was mad at people, mad at people he said were mean to him. He had voices in his head. One of his demands were that he wanted to have this device that was implanted in his head removed," said Col. Michael Edmonson, of Louisiana State Police.
Ahmed was born in California to Yemeni parents. Ahmed's father was killed in California was he was 8 years old. Shortly after his father's death, just after 9/11, Ahmed's family moved to Louisiana, according to Edmonson
Ahmed's family owns a convenience store across from Tensas State Bank, where the hostage ordeal took place.
Edmonson says authorities believe Ahmed did not plan to rob the bank, but wanted to make a statement. Police found a book on hostage negotiations at the bank after they killed Ahmed.
A spokesperson for Rapides Medical Center says that a woman involved in the hostage situation was at the hospital but could not provide more information.
Police have not released the names of the victims.
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