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Police Kill Gunman After Bank Standoff, Two Hostages Shot

Hemera/Thinkstock(SAINT JOSEPH, La.) -- A gunman inside a Louisiana bank shot his two remaining hostages, killing one of them, as police stormed the facility and killed the suspect in a standoff that lasted 12 hours, authorities said.

The standoff ended shortly after midnight local time in St. Joseph, La., when state police made the decision to send a SWAT team into the bank, police said. The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, shot the two hostages before he was killed by police, Louisiana State Trooper Albert Paxton confirmed to ABC News early Wednesday morning.

The two hostages, one male and one female were taken to area hospitals, where one of the hostages later died, Louisiana State Police said.

Rapides Regional Hospital confirmed to ABC News that one of the bank hostages is in their care, but gave no update on their condition. A third hostage that escaped earlier in the standoff was uninjured, according to police.

All three hostages were employees at the Tensas State Bank, Paxton said. Their identities have not been released.

The tense standoff began around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when Ahmed, who is from California, took three people hostage inside the bank, police said.

Ahmed's relatives were at the scene, helping FBI officials and state negotiators, according to Paxton.

"They've been on scene for awhile and they've been very cooperative," Paxton told ABC News Radio.

Louisiana State police say the suspect had some sort of mental illness because in a list of demands he made during the standoff, Ahmed said there was device in his head that was causing him to hear voices and he wanted them to make it stop.

Areas closest to the bank were evacuated as a "precaution" in fear of explosives, according to Paxton.

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Hostages Freed Uninjured at Indiana Office

Joseph Devenney/Getty ImagesUPDATE: The stand-off in Valparaiso has ended after the gunman shot himself twice in the head. The suspect has been taken to a hospital and is in critical condition. Story developing...

(VALPARAISO, Ind.) -- A gunman has released the last two remaining hostages at an office building in Indiana, but he remains inside and armed, police said Friday.

No hostages remain in the Prudential real estate office that a gunman ambushed Friday, believing someone in the office owed him money, according to Sgt. Mike Grennes of the Valparaiso police department. One woman suffered a head injury during the hostage situation, but there were no injuries caused by gunshots, he said.

Police and FBI agents remain in a "standoff situation" with the gunman inside the building, he said.

FBI agents entered the Valparaiso, Ind., real estate office building around 1 p.m. after a report of hearing gunshots fired, according to Grennes.

"We're basically in a standoff situation," Grennes said at a press conference Friday. "From what I understand, he is not an employee."

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Former Hostages Sued by Kidnapper

Comstock/Thinkstock(TOPEKA, Kan.) -- A convicted kidnapper who is serving an 11-year sentence claimed in a lawsuit that the couple he took hostage breached an oral agreement in which they had agreed to hide him from police for an unspecified amount of money.

Jesse Dimmick invaded the Topeka, Kan., home of Jared and Lindsay Rowley in September 2009 after he crashed a stolen van in their yard while being chased by police, who were seeking to question him in a Colorado motel beating death.

“I, the defendant, asked the Rowleys to hide me because I feared for my life. I offered the Rowleys an unspecified amount of money which they agreed upon, therefore forging a legally binding oral contract,” Dimmick said in court documents, which he wrote by hand, according to ABC’s Denver affiliate.

Demmick is seeking $235,000 for the alleged breach of oral contract -- $160,000 for his hospital bills after he was shot in the back and an additional $75,000 for emotional stress.

The Rowleys, who were told by Dimmick that he had a knife and gun, were able to escape by feeding him Cheetos, watching the movie Patch Adams with him, and ultimately getting him to doze off, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

They filed suit against their kidnapper last September, seeking $75,000 for emotional stress, and recently filed a motion to have his lawsuit dismissed.

Both suits are still pending, according to the newspaper.

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Murder Suspect Kills Himself after Hostage Standoff in Michigan

John Foxx/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) -- A man suspected of killing seven people in Grand Rapids, Michigan killed himself by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after an eight-hour manhunt and an armed hostage standoff with police officers, according to police.

Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, 34, had been holding three people hostage on Thursday night in a house on Rickman Avenue in Grand Rapids, according to Police Chief Kevin Belk.

"The suspect chose to put the gun to his head and fired one shot, taking his life," Belk said in a news conference after the standoff ended.

None of the hostages were injured in the incident.  Following negotiations with authorities, the suspect released a 53-year-old female hostage unharmed late Thursday evening, Belk said.

The eight-hour manhunt began at 3 p.m. on Thursday, after the discovery of two murder scenes in two separate homes in Grand Rapids, where at least seven people died, including at least two children -- one in each location, Belk said.

Dantzler appeared to have "prior relationships with at least one person at each location," according to Belk.

After announcing Dantzler as the suspect in the shootings, police chased a vehicle believed to belong to Dantzler along Interstate 96 in the north end of Grand Rapids, resulting in the car crashing in downtown Grand Rapids after shots were fired at police, Belk said.

During the chase Belk says the suspect shot two other people, though they did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

At one point Dantzler abandoned his vehicle and ran up the highway.  The pursuit continued on foot until Dantzler entered the standoff house.

"We believe, at this point, it was a random house that he ended up exiting his vehicle and ran to the first house that he came to," Belk said before the hostage situation ended.

As police negotiated with Dantzler it was apparent that he was agitated, and while they were telling him how to give himself up, he shot and killed himself, according to ABC News affiliate WZZM.

"The victims were in a back corner of the house.  We had officers in the house … we were talking to him when the incident occurred.  He had threatened people, asked officers to shoot him.  He was talking about giving himself up, and at the last moment decided to take his own life," Belk said.

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US Charges Somali Hostage Negotiator with Piracy

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday that a man identified by Somali pirates as the person responsible for negotiating the ransom of four U.S. citizens held hostage on the high seas and then killed last February, has been indicted on piracy and kidnapping charges.

The justice department says Mohammad Shibin was apprehended in Somalia and transferred to the United States to stand trial.

Federal officials say Shibin was not among the 14 Somalia pirates who boarded the yacht with the four Americans, but instead worked behind the scenes to see how much cash could be extorted for their release.

Neil McBride, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced that the arrest marks "the first time the U.S. government has captured and charged an alleged pirate in the leadership role -- a hostage negotiator who operated in Somalia.”

While the U.S military was attempting to negotiate the release of the four hostages -- Scott Underwood Adam, Jean Savage Adam, Phyllis Patricia Macay and Robert Campbell Riggle -- the pirates on board the yacht shot and killed them.  The U.S. took the Somali pirates into custody following the shooting.

Shibin was indicted on March 8 in Virginia and appeared in federal court Wednesday.  The piracy and kidnapping charges each carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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Bank Standoff Ends: All Hostages Released, 2 Suspects in Custody

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PEARLAND, Texas) -- Nearly 60 cops and FBI agents surrounded a Texas bank trying to convince a bank robber to release two hostages he was holding at gunpoint.

The mask-wearing bank robber retreated into the bank along with an accomplice about 11:30 a.m. CT Friday when a lone police officer answering a 911 call pulled into the parking lot outside the Chase Bank in Pearland, Texas, and exchanged gunfire with the bank robbers.

During the following standoff Friday, one of the alleged bank robbers surrendered to police and five of the seven hostages were released. With police and authorities holding guns aimed at the bank's doors, the hostages appeared to be unharmed when they left the building. Of the five hostages who were released, at least one was a woman and two were men. It was unclear who the others were.

The woman, wearing a striped shirt, walked to a black SUV parked in front of the bank. She then left the SUV and held her hands up as she walked across the parking lot, eventually breaking into a run.

One of the men was put in handcuffs as he exited the bank, but police said that he is not a suspect.

Meanwhile, a SWAT team was inside the bank negotiating with the remaining robber, who held two more hostages.

After further negotiation, the second robber was also apprehended, while the remaining hostages were freed.  Police say, neither suspect communicated any demands.

The only injury reported was an assault on the bank's manager, Pearland Police Lt. Onesmio Lopez said.

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Wisconsin Teacher Speaks Out on Hostage Stand-Off

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MARINETTE, Wis.) -- The teacher who police credited with saving the lives of two dozen of her students this week during a five-hour hostage stand-off at a Wisconsin high school spoke out for the first time late Tuesday to share credit with the kids.

"The kids were great," Valerie Burd told reporters.  "I'm glad they just made it out safe."

Sam Hengel, 15, brandished two guns Monday afternoon during the sixth period Western Civilization class and took Burd, a 10-year teaching veteran, along with his 24 other classmates hostage, police said.  Burd stayed on the phone with police while Hengel refused to talk, and directed arriving students to the safety of the library.

When police entered the room after hearing gunshots Monday night, Hengel turned one of the guns on himself and fired.  He died Tuesday morning of the self-inflicted gunshot.  None of the other students were harmed.

"She saved the lives of many students by her calm demeanor," Marinette High School Principal Corry Lambie said of Burd Tuesday.  "I made her aware of how proud I was of her.  Her leadership in that classroom was the calming attitude that the students needed to get them out of there safely."

Marinette School Superintendent Tim Baneck echoed the principal's sentiments, saying, "I can't say enough about the dedication of the teacher who was really instrumental."

Hengel's death has left everyone from investigators to classmates and family at a loss to explain what might have motivated him.

The Hengel family released a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying, "Our family is extremely distraught over the events that have taken place over the course of the last 24 hours that have concluded with the passing of our son."  They said they wished they "knew and could provide the insight to what led Sam to take these drastic acts" and "there were no indicators to make us think something was wrong."

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UPDATE: Wis. Student Gunman Suffered Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound after Release of Hostages

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- At a press conference Monday night, Marinette Police Chief Jeff Skorik told reporters that the 15-year-old student gunman who took 23 students and their teacher hostage suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Shortly after all 23 student hostages and their teacher were released unharmed, police heard three gunshots, prompting officers to "breech the door," police said.  The student then shot himself.

The gunman has been transported to Bay Area Medical Center where his condition is unknown, according to Green Bay ABC News affiliate  WBAY.

According to earlier reports, authorities responded Monday afternoon to a reported hostage situation at Marinette High School.

Marinette Police said a 15-year-old male student armed with a handgun was holding 23 students and a teacher hostage in a classroom.

Although a hostage negotiating team was assembled inside the school, direct contact was not made with the student and police were unaware of the suspect's demands or motive.

School administrators said the high school will be closed Tuesday.  They have not determined when school will resume for Marinette students.

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