Grand Casino shooting: Man who shot, killed employee in Shawnee casino dies from his injuries

Posted at 1:58 PM, Jan 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-17 14:58:19-05

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) -- A Shawnee casino security guard who shot himself after fatally shooting a fellow officer has died.

The Oklahoman reports 28-year-old Justin Wells entered the Grand Casino on Jan. 10, shot and killed 22-year-old Matt Palmer and then turned the gun on himself. An online obituary says Wells was hospitalized and died Wednesday.

FBI spokesman Terry Weber says that Wells had not yet been arrested. The agency is handling the case because the casino sits on trust land for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, which also owns and operates the casino.

Potawatomi spokeswoman Jennifer Bell says Palmer and Wells were both security guards at the casino, who are not allowed to carry guns. Bell declined to comment on the shooting.

The tribe says Palmer was hired in August, and Wells in 2012.

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