ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) — Authorities say a man who took hostages at a bank in rural Louisiana shot the two remaining hostages before being shot and killed by police.
Louisiana State Police superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson says that during negotiations with law enforcement, the suspect — identified as 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed — said he was going to kill the hostages. Law enforcement then entered the building just before midnight Tuesday.
Louisiana state, federal and local law enforcement gather along La. Highway 128 outside a Tensas State Bank branch during a hostage situation in St. Joseph, La., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. A man whose family owns a store across the street from the bank took three bank employees hostage, and a state police negotiator has been talking to him for hours, police said. Credit: AP
Edmonson says that's when Ahmed shot the two hostages in the upper body and then state police shot and killed him. Edmonson says the hostages were taken from the scene in critical condition.
The gunman took two women and a man captive about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tensas State Bank branch in St. Joseph. He later released one of the female hostages.