St. Joseph: One Hostage Dead, One Seriously Wounded (UPDATED)

fuaed ahmed smThe negotiations with Fuaed Ahmed, the hostage-taker who holed up with three employees of the Tensas State Bank in St. Joseph yesterday, didn’t ultimately go well. Late last night law enforcement forcibly entered the bank using flash-bang grenades, and Ahmed shot both hostages (he had previously released one of them in exchange for food).

State troopers then shot and killed Ahmed.

KNOE-TV has more…

According to Facebook, Fuaed Ahmed is from Fresno, California. He attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Police said he’s been in St. Joseph a short period of time. His parents are from Yemen, in the Middle East near the Saudi Arabia peninsula.  Police say Ahmed’s father was killed several years ago in California. Police say Ahmed had voices in his head and even asked during negotiations to have the device in his head talking to him removed.

The police say that Ahmed had books about hostage negotiations inside his home, and he never had any intention of actually robbing that bank.

On his Facebook was a picture we picked up last night which was a pretty good indication of what was in store…



But he also posted this on Facebook two hours before he went into that bank…

That probably will be interpreted to mean he’s a Tea Partier or something. How many Tea Partiers were in Dubai in June is an interesting question.

Ahmed shot both his hostages in the upper body. At one time both were listed in critical condition; since then reports say one – the bank manager – has died.

There is no indication of motive yet, other than that he was absolutely nuts.

UPDATE: A few pieces of information KNOE-TV out of Monroe uncovered this morning…

– The bank manager who was killed was named Jay Warbington. He was 49. The bank employee who was shot but not killed, Ledean McDaniel, is in critical condition at Rapides Parish hospital in Alexandria.

– Fuaed Ahmed was a student at LSU, at least through the spring of 2012. His Facebook said he was a student at UL-Monroe as well.

– Though he’d originally come from California (his Facebook said he was Fresno), Ahmed went to high school in Lake Providence. A statement from Briarfield Academy carried by KNOE…

“All of Briarfield is deeply saddened by the tragedy that involved a former student.  I was very close to Fuaed.  He attended our school through elementary on.  He was an outstanding young man who was on the honor society, captain of the football team, and a few points from being salutorian.  He was a wonderful kid that we loved.  It is hard to believe he is capable of doing what he did early this morning.”

The statement was made by Lance Prine who is the Headmaster at the school.

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