NEW ORLEANS, Aug 14 (Reuters) - A U.S. police SWAT team stormed a rural Louisiana bank early on Wednesday, killing a gunman after he shot and critically injured two hostages he had held for more than 12 hours, a state police official said.
State Police spokesman Albert Paxton said officers entered the bank branch in St. Joseph, Louisiana shortly after midnight because the gunman was threatening to kill one or both of the hostages he was holding.
The man, identified as 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, the California-born son of Yemeni parents, shot both hostages when police entered the building. Police then shot him, Paxton said.
(Reporting By Kathy Finn; Editing by Greg McCune)