Victims identified: One hostage dies, another in critical condition; suspect suffered from mental illness

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 4:25pm

One of the two people who were taken hostage in a Louisiana bank has died, officials confirmed.

Officials identified the employee who died as Jay Wardington. The second victim, Ledean McDaniel, is still in critical condition.

It all started at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Tensas Sate Bank located in the town of St. Joseph. The suspect, Faued Abdo Ahmed, 20, is a California-native who relocated to Louisiana with his family, where they owned and operated a local convenience store.

According to Col. Mike Edmundson of the Louisiana State Police, notes were found in Ahmed’s home indicating that he planned this attack and robbery was not his motive. Rather, he has a known history with local law enforcement and was described as a paranoid schizophrenic.

"He was mad at people he said were mean to him,” Col. Edmundson said. “He had voices in his head. One of the demands was he wanted to have his device implanted in his head removed. We made contact with the individual in Alaskas who was able to get that information to him. We believe based on that, the fact of getting him to talk to his friend in Alaska was instrumental in releasing the hostage that was released."

Ahmed held three employees hostage at gunpoint. Negotiators worked throughout the day for a peaceful resolution. According to reports, Ahmed’s family members were on scene during the entire negotiation process and were cooperative with law enforcement.

At one point in the evening he released a woman after spending over two hours on the phone with the negotiator.

Shortly after midnight police entered the bank and Ahmed shot the two remaining hostages. Police shot and killed Ahmed.

The Tensas State Bank is closed today.

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