Gunman who ‘abducted Ohio nurse and held her hostage for a week after killing her mother’ is shot dead by police in standoff at hotel where he opened fire on FBI agents injuring one
- Law enforcement officials shot and killed Ohio murder and kidnapping suspect James Hawley, 47, in Louisiana overnight after police standoff
- Hawley, also known as Ahmad Ben David, was suspected of killing Norma Matko, 69, on Thanksgiving, kidnapping her daughter and holding her hostage
- Police and FBI rescued Nichole Bronowski, 45, a mom-of-three nurse, after killing Hawley in Pineville, Louisiana
- Officials said Bronowski, an Ohio nurse, had some kind of a relationship with Hawley
- Investigators found Hawley’s social media posts about wanting to ‘kill some cops’ and photos of him posing with guns
- FBI said the convicted felon was driven by an ‘ideology’ of violence
An FBI agent was wounded, an Ohio murder suspect was killed and the nurse he was accused of abducting and holding hostage for a week was found safe following a police standoff in Louisiana.
The wounded federal agent was taken to a hospital after the officer-involved shooting that took place on Tuesday at a hotel in Pineville, Louisiana, the FBI announced on Wednesday during a news conference in Ohio. The unnamed agent’s condition was not known.
Authorities were searching for James Hawley, 47, of Cleveland, and Nichole Bronowski, 45. The Akron, Ohio, Children’s Hospital nurse had been missing since her mother, Norma Matko, 69, was found shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day in Matko’s Barnesville Ohio, home.
Law enforcement officials shot and killed Ohio murder and kidnapping suspect James Hawley, 47 (left), who was suspected of abducting nurse Nichole Bronowski, 45 (right), a week ago
Police and FBI cornered Hawley at this Pineville, Louisiana, hotel where they arrived to execute an arrest warrant on Tuesday night
Authorities said Hawley and Bronowski had a previous relationship, although they did not elaborate on the extent of it.
‘She has been through a lot. She is going to need time to heal from this ordeal,’ said Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis, who described the nurse as being distraught by the harrowing ordeal. ,
One of Bronowski’s sons posted a message on Facebook early Wednesday, celebrating his mother’s rescue: ‘I know my faith hasn’t been 100% recently but thank you God for listening to my prayers and everyone else’s prayers God is amazing.’
Bronowski, a divorced mother-of-three, had not been seen since 6.35pm on November 25, according to Cuyahoga Falls police.
It is believed that Hawley, also known as Ahmad Ben David, took her to her mother’s home early the next day, killed the older woman, then drove Bronowski to Cleveland in her slain mother’s car, which was later found burnt.
Hawley, also known as Ahmad Ben David (left), was suspected of killing Norma Matko, 69 (right), in Ohio on Thanksgiving
Hawley allegedly kidnapped Bronowski (pictured), Matko’s daughter, on November 25 from her Ohio home, before driving to her mother’s residence and killing the older woman
The divorced mother-of-three (pictured with her sons) was reported missing by her ex-husband on Thanksgiving Day
Bronowski’s ex-husband reported her missing on Thanksgiving.
Hawley and Bronowski then headed to Louisiana in a different vehicle.
Investigators determined that the suspect posted multiple photos of himself posing with guns on social media and writing about his desire ‘to kill some cops,’ reported Akron Beacon Journal.
Hawley was charged with federal crimes including threatening interstate communications and being a felon in possession of firearms, and FBI agents arrived at the Pineville, Louisiana, hotel on Tuesday night to execute an arrest warrant, leading to a shootout.
When asked about the suspect’s potential motive during the press conference, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fortunato told reporters: ‘His ideology was violence. Not to be flippant, but that’s the core thing we’re seeing right now.’