Police Kill Gunman After Bank Standoff, Two Hostages Shot
(SAINT JOSEPH, La.) -- A gunman inside a Louisiana bank shot his two remaining hostages, killing one of them, as police stormed the facility and killed the suspect in a standoff that lasted 12 hours, authorities said.
The standoff ended shortly after midnight local time in St. Joseph, La., when state police made the decision to send a SWAT team into the bank, police said. The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, shot the two hostages before he was killed by police, Louisiana State Trooper Albert Paxton confirmed to ABC News early Wednesday morning.
The two hostages, one male and one female were taken to area hospitals, where one of the hostages later died, Louisiana State Police said.
Rapides Regional Hospital confirmed to ABC News that one of the bank hostages is in their care, but gave no update on their condition. A third hostage that escaped earlier in the standoff was uninjured, according to police.
All three hostages were employees at the Tensas State Bank, Paxton said. Their identities have not been released.
The tense standoff began around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when Ahmed, who is from California, took three people hostage inside the bank, police said.
Ahmed's relatives were at the scene, helping FBI officials and state negotiators, according to Paxton.
"They've been on scene for awhile and they've been very cooperative," Paxton told ABC News Radio.
Louisiana State police say the suspect had some sort of mental illness because in a list of demands he made during the standoff, Ahmed said there was device in his head that was causing him to hear voices and he wanted them to make it stop.
Areas closest to the bank were evacuated as a "precaution" in fear of explosives, according to Paxton.
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