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Wednesday
Aug142013

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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Thursday
Mar142013

New York Gunman Shot and Killed After 20-Hour Standoff

Courtesy New York State Police(NEW YORK) -- Police and SWAT teams in upstate New York on Thursday shot and killed the man suspected of killing several individuals before holing himself up in an abandoned building for nearly 20 hours.

Kurt Myers, 64, of Mohawk, N.Y., is believed to have killed four people and wounded two others during a shooting spree Wednesday morning that ended when Myers shot at police officers and ran to hide in the abandoned building.

New York State police said on Thursday that after nearly 20 hours of engaging in a stand-off with Myers, they sent a police K-9 into the abandoned building ahead of armed officers.  Myers shot at and killed the dog.

SWAT team members and state police then stormed the building, shooting and killing Myers, they said.

The standoff began around 11 a.m. Wednesday, following his shooting spree that began two hours earlier when Myers set fire to his home in Mohawk.

Police believe he then took a shotgun and drove to John's Barber Shop in Mohawk where he killed Harry Montgomery, 68, of Mohawk, and Michael Rancier, 57, of Herkimer.  He also wounded shop owner John Seymour and customer named Dan Haslauer, New York state Police Commissioner Joseph D'Amico said.

He drove to Gaffey's car wash in neighboring Herkimer where he gunned down Thomas Stefka, an employee at the car wash, and Michael Renshaw, before fleeing to the abandoned building.

There, he fired at approaching police officers and then disappeared into the building.

State police and FBI SWAT team members surrounded the building and began a standoff with Myers.  They said on Wednesday that they did not want to rush into the building out of caution for officers' safety. 

Police still do not know the motive for the shootings.

Fred Randall, who lives next door to Myers, told ABC News that Meyers is an older man who lives alone and has never been friendly to him.

Rendall said he would try to say "good morning," a greeting that the neighbor usually did not return.

Schools in Herkimer and Mohawk remain closed on Thursday due to the standoff.

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Monday
Jun182012

NJ Cop in Custody After 10-Hour Standoff with Police

Comstock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- An off-duty New Jersey police officer who engaged in a firefight with police was taken into custody Sunday night after a 10-hour standoff.

Richard Klementovich, 42, surrendered outside of a home in Bucks County, Pa., at 11:45 p.m.  He was wearing a ballistic vest and gas mask.

The standoff began after Doylestown police were called to a "neighbor dispute" at 25 Bittersweet Drive around 1:44 p.m.

ABC News affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia reported that the home belongs to Klementovich's estranged wife.  The Clifton Township police officer engaged in a firefight with police and shot the tires and video camera out of an armored SWAT vehicle.

Authorities said one police officer was injured by flying concrete when a bullet struck the sidewalk.  He was released from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

Klementovich reportedly had 2,000 rounds of ammunition and multiple rifles.

His wife and two young children were safely out of the house during the barricade situation, according to WPVI.  Media helicopters were cleared out of the range of the holed-up gunman, and area residents were warned to seek the safety of their basements as gunfire echoed throughout the neighborhood.

Police are not certain what exactly led to Klementovich's actions on Sunday but authorities have been at the home before for domestic disputes, according to WPVI.

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Tuesday
May292012

15-Hour Standoff in Dallas Ends with Suspect Falling Off Crane

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- A 15-hour standoff between police and a suspected armed robber in Dallas came to an end early Tuesday morning when the man, who was stationed in the cab of a construction crane, fell to his death.

The man is believed to have committed an armed robbery in downtown Dallas early Monday morning before climbing the tower on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

Tactical officers tried to talk the man down.  Deputy Dallas Police Chief Randy Blankenbaker said SWAT team members were very close to reaching him.

"As the officers were attempting entry, they found that the entry deck to the crane had been covered with grease by the suspect," Blankenbaker said.

But as authorities came within feet of the suspect, he climbed outside the cab, dangled for a few seconds and fell 150 feet to his death.

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Friday
May252012

Gunman Holds Indiana Office Workers Hostage

Jupiterimages/ThinkstockUPDATE: A gunman has released the last two remaining hostages at an office building in Indiana, but he remains inside and armed, police said Friday afternoon. Story developing...

(VALPARAISO, Ind.) -- Police and FBI agents are in a "standoff situation" with a gunman who stormed an Indiana office building and is holding an unknown number of office workers hostage, according to police.

"We're basically in a standoff situation," Sgt. Mike Grennes of the Valparaiso police department said at a press conference. "From what I understand, he is not an employee."

The gunman, whose identity is known to police, remains in the building with the hostages.

Grennes could not confirm that shots had been fired, but said that he did not know of any injuries in the building. Authorities believe the incident could be the result of a financial dispute, he said.

Police received a 911 call around 11 a.m. from someone inside the Prudential Building that a gunman had entered the office, Grennes said. Police arrived and confirmed that an individual was inside with a gun.

Police were successful in getting some people out of the building, but they did not know the number of people left inside as the situation dragged on into the early afternoon hours.

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Friday
Apr132012

New Hampshire Shootout: Suspects Found Dead, Police Chief Killed

ABC News(GREENLAND, N.H.) -- Two deceased individuals were found Friday in the New Hampshire home where an earlier shootout left one police officer dead and four other officers injured in what is believed to have ended in a double suicide or murder suicide.

The shooting occurred Thursday in Greenland, a coastal town of 3,500 outside Portsmouth, after a standoff with a suspect believed to be armed with a rifle.

The police officer fatally killed was Chief Michael Malone.  Two officers are listed as critical, according to emergency services, while two others have been released from the hospital.

Chief Malone, who had 26 years of experience in law enforcement, was reportedly scheduled to retire in eight days.

"In those final days, he sacrificed his life in public service as a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire," Attorney General Michael Delaney said early Friday.

SWAT teams placed a robot into the residence to gain entry early Friday.  The robot detected two deceased individuals, one of whom has been identified as Cullen Mutrie, the man believed to have killed the police chief and shot the others, according to Detective Eric Kulberg.  The other individual, a female, is still unidentified.

The shooter and woman remained holed up in the home into Friday morning, Delaney said.

Early reports from the crime scene indicated the use of a "sniper rifle," though questions at a later press conference suggested an "automatic weapon" was used.

The incident may have been the result of a drug bust gone south, according to reports.

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Thursday
Apr122012

Police Officers Shot by Armed Suspect in New Hampshire

ABC News(GREENLAND, N.H.) -- One police officer was killed and four other officers were injured in New Hampshire Thursday evening in a standoff with a suspect armed with a rifle, authorities said.

The shooting occurred in Greenland, outside Portsmouth, N.H., on the coast.

The police officer fatally killed was Chief Michael Maloney who was reportedly scheduled to retire in eight days. Two officers are listed as critical, according to emergency services, while two others are wounded with their condition unknown.

Reports of three civilians shot have not been confirmed.

Early reports from the crime scene indicated "sniper rifle," though questions at a later press conference suggested an "automatic weapon" was used.

The incident may have been the result of a drug bust gone south, according to reports.

The shootout is the latest in the rising toll of officers shot by suspects, a trend that counters a decline in many other crimes around the country.

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Thursday
Mar012012

Bank Hostage Standoff Ends in Fiery Shootout

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BUENA PARK, Calif.) -- A bank manager at a Southern California bank who was held hostage has been rescued safely following a fiery shootout between a robbery suspect and SWAT team officers.

Police and SWAT team officers shot the suspect after they swarmed Saehan Bank in Buena Park, Calif., at about 3 p.m., according to ABC News Los Angeles station KABC.

Authorities said the suspect continued to be uncooperative after the shooting, the station reported.

Aerial pictures show the suspect being taken out of the bank on a stretcher and placed into a paramedic vehicle.

The suspect's condition was not immediately known. It was unclear what the suspect's motive or demands were, officials said.

The suspect entered the bank at 11 a.m. and let all the employees leave except the female bank manager after an employee asked if they could leave, according to KABC.

The bank manager's condition is unknown at this time.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Girl Posted on Facebook During 7-Hour Welfare-Office Standoff

AbleStock/Thinkstock(LAREDO, Texas) -- A 12-year-old girl whose mother shot and critically wounded her before killing herself made several cryptic posts on Facebook during a nearly seven-hour hostage ordeal at the Texas Department of Health and Human Services office in Laredo.

"May die 2day," Ramie Marie Grimmer wrote on Facebook at 7:50 p.m. during the Monday-night standoff.

"i'm here for you guys. No reason to be afraid," Nancy Harrop, who the girl listed as her grandmother, replied.

"Im bored," came at 10:34 p.m.

Eighteen minutes later: "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhahhhhhhhh."

And finally, at 11:28 p.m.: "tear gas ..."

Rachelle Grimmer, 38, pulled a gun on the welfare office supervisor, Roberto Reyes, and her two children out of her frustration at being denied food stamps. The office's other employees were able to safely evacuate the building, according to the San Antonio Express.

A SWAT team surrounded the building, and officers communicated with Grimmer throughout the ordeal.

But at midnight -- shortly after Grimmer hung up on police -- three shots were fired, causing the police to storm the building.

Rachelle Grimmer was pronounced dead at the scene, while Ramie and her brother, Timothy, 10, suffered critical head wounds and were transported to University Hospital in San Antonio, according to the San Antonio Express.

Grimmer's outburst was reportedly triggered after years of getting rejected for state assistance in various states, the newspaper reported. The family had recently moved to Texas from Ohio.

Stephanie Goodman, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, told ABCNews.com that Grimmer hadn't been rejected -- she had just received a notice that her case was closed, since she did not provide all of the necessary documentation during the department's 30-day time frame.

"She absolutely could have applied again," Goodman said.

Neighbors said the Grimmers lived in a trailer about six and a half feet wide and 16 feet long.

"The children went barefoot to accompany her. They went four times, and four times she was denied. She was desperate, because she had nothing to feed her children," neighbor Oscar Luis Cuellar told the Laredo Sun. Goodman said employees at the Laredo office were struggling to cope in the aftermath of the shooting.

"They're very badly shaken. They go into this business because they want to help people," she said. "Even though it was processed according to our procedures, it does not comfort them at all."

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Friday
Sep162011

Arizona Air Force Base Lockdown Ends; Report of Standoff False

John Foxx/Thinkstock(TUSCON, Ariz.) -- A lockdown was lifted at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, after reports of a possibly armed intruder in a base building turned out to be unfounded.

Col. John Cherrey, commander of the 355th Fighter Squadron, came to the base's main gate at 9 p.m. ET and told local reporters that a search of the "old dorm" building did not turn up a suspect or a weapon.

"No gunman or weapon was found," Cherrey said, "and the building was declared secure."

Earlier, a U.S. official confirmed a local report that an individual with a weapon was holed up in the building.

Federal law enforcement officials told ABC News that the FBI was assisting with the matter.

The lockdown was imposed as officials tried to chase down a report of a suspicious person, possibly with a gun, going into the old dorm.

"Earlier today, somebody was seen carrying something that might have been a weapon, no one knows what that was, but it's our duty to investigate," Tech. Sgt. Russ Martin said.

Though no shots had been fired and no one was hurt, the base enacted its Crisis Action Mode, which included a campus-wide lockdown, automated alert messages sent to people on base and the response of emergency vehicles to the base.

An individual on base told ABC News that he had received an email saying to stay inside, away from the windows, but had not been told about a shooter.

An individual seen being loaded into an ambulance during the lockdown was a woman who went into labor during the lockdown -- simply a case of "bad timing," Martin said.

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