The gunman initially took two women and a man captive around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tensas State Bank branch in St. Joseph. He later released one of the female hostages.
On August 13, 2013, Ahmed entered the St. Joseph branch of Tensas State Bank, armed with both a handgun and an assault rifle. His duffel bag was packed with items that he planned to use to torture his hostages. He held three people hostage: Charles Henry “Jay” Warbington, Jr. (1964-2013) of Wisner in Catahoula Parish, Patricia White, and Tamara LaDean Hopkins McDaniel (1955-2013), all employees of the bank for more than twenty years. During negotiations, state police superintendent, Colonel Mike Edmonson, located a friend of Ahmed’s in Alaska, who talked him into releasing one of the hostages, Patricia White. According to Edmondson, Ahmed was “mad at people that he said were mean to him. He had voices in his head.” Authorities said that Ahmed believed that the family of his ex-girlfriend in Lake Providence had caused their breakup and had placed a “microphone device” of some kind in his head.
Eventually, Ahmed shot the remaining two hostages, killing Charles Warbington and critically wounding LaDean McDaniel, who died two days later at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. In the standoff, the Louisiana State Police broke into the bank and fatally shot Ahmed. It did not appear that Ahmed knew the hostages, but the hostages recognized him.
ST. JOSEPH, La. — A woman shot as a mentally ill man held workers hostage at a rural Louisiana bank branch died Thursday, authorities said.
Ledean McDaniel, who had worked at Tensas State Bank, died between 11 a.m. and noon CT at Rapides Medical Center in Alexandria, La., according to Tensas Parish Sheriff Rick Jones. She and fellow bank worker Jay Warbington had been taken from the scene early Wednesday in critical condition.
Warbington died later Wednesday, and police killed the gunman, Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, 20, after a 12-hour standoff.
Authorities said Fuaed Abdo Ahmed shot McDaniel and Jay Warbington as police stormed the bank in St. Joseph just before midnight Tuesday.