During negotiations, authorities were able to get Ahmed on the phone with a friend in Alaska, which was crucial in convincing him to release a female hostage. He talked to authorities on a hostage’s cell phone, then switched to one of the bank’s phones, but grew increasingly erratic as negotiations went on, sometimes hanging up on police. One of his demands to authorities was that they get the device out of his head.
Eventually, Ahmed told negotiators he was going to kill the two remaining hostages, and state police stormed the building just before midnight Tuesday. That’s when the 20-year-old shot the remaining two hostages and police shot and killed him. One hostage, identified as Jay Warbington, died of gunshot wounds, while the other remained hospitalized in critical condition, said Tensas Parish Sheriff Rickey Jones.