2 hostages at La. bank shot; police kill suspect

Associated Press
Two federal law officers speak to local EMS technicians 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. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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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 early Wednesday, the suspect — identified as 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed — said he was going to kill the hostages. Law enforcement then entered the building.

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.

Earlier Tuesday, Edmonson said that the man had been calm and had made some demands, but he would not describe the demands or further identify the gunman.

The gunman, carrying at least a handgun, had taken two women and a man captive about 12:30 p.m. at the Tensas State Bank branch in St. Joseph, and a negotiator talked with him throughout the afternoon, said Trooper Albert Paxton, a state police spokesman.

The red-brick bank is just off Louisiana Highway 128, a rural stretch of road cutting through cornfields. It is across the street from Trak convenience store, which the gunman's family owns, in St. Joseph, the seat of Tensas Parish.

The FBI, U.S. marshals, state police and local law enforcement officers were among those who responded to the standoff.

Edmonson provided few details about the gunman, except to say he is originally from California and that his family settled in the Louisiana community and opened a convenience store.

He said some of the suspect's relatives had tried to approach the scene earlier.

The town of 1,200 is near the Mississippi River, downriver from Vicksburg, Miss., in northeast Louisiana.

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