20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed entered a bank in St. Joseph, Louisiana Tuesday afternoon. He carried an automatic weapon. He proceeded to take two women and one man hostage. Ahmed killed at least one of the hostages before police killed him.
Ahmed left notes saying he was angry at his girlfriend’s family, and that they were responsible for a ‘device in his head.’ He blamed them for their break-up.
Before the standoff ended, around midnight, he released one of the hostages. Jay Warbington was killed by Ahmed, and a hospital spokesman said LaDean McDaniel remained in critical condition Wednesday morning.
Several acquaintances, including the town Mayor, Edward Brown, had exchanged pleasantries as recently as one hour before the incident. Brown described Ahmed as “just normal. That’s why it’s so bizarre to me.”
During the negotiations, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said they were able to get in touch with a friend of Ahmed’s who lives in Alaska. After their conversation, he released one of the female hostages.
Ahmed was mentally unstable and had written a letter “detailing exactly what he was going to do,” Edmonson said.
“He was mad at people that he said were mean to him,” he said. “He had voices in his head.”
As the evening went on, negotiators said Ahmed seemed to become increasingly agitated. He said he didn’t want to be arrested or receive mental health care. He wanted to leave the country and have the ‘device taken out of his head.’
Both victims were shot with a handgun, although Edmonson said he had a semi-automatic rifle with him. He also carried a duffle bag. The items inside were not identified, but he said they were meant to be used to torture the hostages.
“His intent was to inflict pain and kill these individuals,” Edmunson said.
Ahmed had no relationship to the hostages, who were bank employees.
The Tensas State Bank is across the street from a service station owned by Ahmed’s family.
One victim is in critical condition, and one is dead after Fuaed Abdo Ahmed took hostages inside a bank in St. Joseph, Louisiana.