FBI: The St. Joseph Shooter Wasn’t A Jihadist, Just A Nut

The official statement…

Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, a 20-year-old native of California and former Louisiana State University (LSU) student and a resident of Louisiana, has been identified as the individual responsible for the tragic events at the Tensas State Bank in St. Joseph, Louisiana.

In April of 2013, the FBI interviewed Ahmed in Yemen — where he was visiting at the time — after his family had reported him missing and possibly kidnapped. During the interview, Ahmed denied being kidnapped and said he had left home voluntarily. Ahmed indicated that he believed a device had been planted his head that caused him to hear voices, and he had at times thought of killing himself but would never hurt others.

In June of 2013, after being notified that Ahmed was returning to the United States, DHS interviewed Ahmed at LAX airport; an FBI JTTF task force officer was present for the interview. He was interviewed because DHS had received a report about a Facebook photo of Ahmed holding an AK-47 while he was visiting Yemen. According to the report, Facebook also contained comments about Ahmed believing a device had been implanted in his head and that he was hearing voices and contemplating suicide. During the interview, Ahmed disavowed ties to criminal activity or terrorism. Ahmed was carrying notes stating that a microphone device had been implanted in his head, and that he was hearing voices and high-pitched sounds. The notes also described plans to get assistance to identify the person responsible for the device, and a plan to threaten suicide in a police station if he could not get assistance. The FBI checked relevant databases and found no record of criminal activity or other derogatory information. After the interview, local LA authorities conducted an independent evaluation of Ahmed and then took him to a medical facility for a multi-day mental evaluation.

The FBI briefed the LSU Police Department and the Los Angeles Fusion Center concerning Ahmed after his interview, and both entities issued state-wide law enforcement bulletins describing Ahmed’s interview and statements.

KNOE says the FBI’s representative who presented it was asked flat-out if he’d been radicalized and she said no.

Ahmed shot and killed two Tensas State Bank employees during a hostage standoff a week ago in the small city of St. Joseph.

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