KNOE uncovered something which might be important about the hostage-taker who murdered a bank manager in St. Joseph earlier this week before being killed by a state police SWAT team.
Namely, that Fuaed Ahmed had some friction at an airport earlier this summer when he was coming back from overseas…
New details are emerging about the dead gunman involved at the Tensas State Bank shooting.
Louisiana State Police confirm that Fuaed Abdo Ahmed was detained at an airport for a short time and was released. This comes after his trip from Yemen he took this summer.
Police are still working with the FBI to determine what led Ahmed to take over the bank branch and shoot 2 people, killing one of them.
Officials say they had a difficult time, negotiating with Amhed, because of his mental state , and used all their training to communicate with him.
Ahmed was of Yemeni descent, so the fact that he went there isn’t in and of itself evidence that he was a jihadist.
But going to Yemen certainly doesn’t DISPROVE it, either.
Another American who returned from Yemen on the way to killing his countrymen in an exercise of senseless violence was Carlos Bledsoe, the shooter at the Little Rock army recruiting station in 2009. Bledsoe was from not too far up the Mississippi in Memphis, and he was a middle-class kid who had played high school football just like Ahmed did.
Ahmed, in fact, was a pretty good high school football player. As a senior at Briarfield Academy up the river in Lake Providence, he rushed for 2,700 yards and 40 touchdowns. He was popular with his teammates and was named captain of the team.
But something happened to make him snap. From an AP story on Ahmed…
“It’s not like he ever exhibited aggressive behavior when playing football. He was a normal good kid. It’s not like he ever had any fits of rage. Ever,” said Ben Durham, his former coach.
But three or four months ago, Durham said, some paranoid tendencies emerged during a Facebook conversation. Durham said he asked if Ahmed kept up with some of his Briarfield teammates and was told no, because they had started to beat him up.
“I know they didn’t do that,” Durham said.
Two neighbors heard the sound of gunshots coming from near Ahmed’s house on Monday and Tuesday before the standoff, but didn’t think it was unusual enough to call police.
The standoff began around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when authorities said Ahmed took two women and a man captive at Tensas State Bank branch in St. Joseph, which sits near Louisiana’s border with Mississippi.
At first he talked to authorities on a hostage’s cell phone, then switched to one of the bank’s phones. Louisiana State Police superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said the man grew increasingly erratic as negotiations went on, sometimes hanging up on police. One of his demands to authorities was that they get the device out of his head, Edmonson said.
Armed with a .380 semiautomatic handgun and an assault rifle, Ahmed kept the hostages in a small work room where the bank vault is, said Tensas Parish Sheriff Rickey Jones.
During negotiations, authorities were able to get Ahmed on the phone with a friend in Alaska, which was crucial in convincing him to release a female hostage. Jones said it’s not clear why he targeted the bank, which is across the street from the store owned by Ahmed’s family.
Eventually, Ahmed told negotiators he was going to kill the two remaining hostages. State police entered the building just before midnight Tuesday. That’s when Ahmed shot the two hostages and then police shot and killed him, Edmonson said.
And this, which is pretty chilling…
The hostages were both shot with a handgun. Edmonson said Ahmed also had a duffel bag containing items he was going to use to torture the hostages.
“His intent was to inflict pain and kill these individuals,” Edmunson said.
Authorities say Ahmed didn’t use what was in the bag. State police didn’t immediately say what was in it.
KNOE found this picture of Ahmed, which sure wasn’t taken anywhere in Louisiana…
More information will likely tumble forth about Ahmed, but it’s doubtful we’ll ever really understand what he’s done.
UPDATE: Horrible news just breaking late this morning…
KNOE 8 News has learned that LaDean McDaniel has passed away today.
Rapides Regional Medical Center confirmed the death to our sister station KALB this morning.
McDaniel was shot on Tuesday at the Tensas State Bank branch in St. Joseph in a hostage situation involving Fuaed Abdo Ahmed that lasted over 12 hours.
Ms. McDaniel was the hostage Ahmed shot, but didn’t immediately kill, when the state police stormed the bank late Tuesday night.
Three people are now dead, for no reason whatsoever. In a town of 1,200 people which will not soon recover.