HOUSTON, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- An armed man who took three bank employees as hostages and released one of them late Tuesday, was shot and killed by police after he shot the two remaining hostages, media reported Wednesday.
The gunman whose family owns a store across the street from a Tensas State Bank branch in St. Joseph town in northeast Louisiana, took two female tellers and a man captive about 12:30 p.m. local time, local media NOLA reported.
After hours of negotiations with the gunman, one female teller was released unharmed.
The suspect, identified as Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, who was believed to be in his 20s, said he was going to kill the remaining hostages during negotiations with law enforcement, Louisiana State Police superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said.
Ahmed shot the two hostages in the upper body with a handgun and then state police who had entered the building before shot and killed him, Edmonson said.
The hostages were in critical conditions but both showed signs of life when they were taken from the scene, Edmonson said.
The officer said Ahmed was a paranoid schizophrenic and that it was a planned attack instead of a bank robbery attempt.