Louisiana: Gunman Killed, Hostages at Bank in Critical Condition in St. Joseph

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
August 14, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The gunman who held three people hostage at a Tensas State Bank in St. Joseph, Louisiana, was killed by police on Wednesday morning after a long police standoff.

Mark Boyle with KSMO and CNN reported that the gunman was killed.

“Louisiana bank gunman dead and two hostages clinging to life after being shot by gunman. Both in critical condition,” he tweeted.

Earlier, three ambulances escorted by police were seen coming from the bank, reported the News-Star.

One of the hostages was released earlier.

Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said that the gunman’s family owns a convenience store.

Edmonson said told CNN that he was not sure “what statement (the suspect) was trying to make or (if) something … just went bad,” noting was “no reason for him to want these particular individuals in the bank.”

The Associated Press reported earlier that the gunman had an automatic rifle.

Edmonson said the gunman went into the bank to rob it originally before it turned into a hostage situation.

“I wouldn’t expect something like that to happen here. It’s just bizarre,” Mayor Edward Brown told the paper. He said he saw the gunman earlier in the day and nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.