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La. standoff gunman was treated for mental illness

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Posted: Mar 12, 2014 12:22 PM by Michael Kunzelman
Updated: Mar 12, 2014 12:22 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: mental illness, bank standoff, Fuaed Abdo Ahmed

NEW ORLEANS - A police report says the gunman who killed two hostages during a standoff last August at a rural Louisiana bank had been treated several weeks earlier for paranoid schizophrenia at a California hospital after returning to the United States from a trip to Yemen.

The report released Wednesday by Louisiana State Police says 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed told hostage negotiators that a device he thought had been implanted in his head caused him to hear voices.

A relative told investigators that Ahmed had been trying to "cure himself" with yoga to avoid taking medication that doctors in California had prescribed.

The report says Ahmed shot and killed two employees of the Tensas State Bank in St. Joseph before he was gunned down by a SWAT team that stormed the building.

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