SHAWNEE OK Jan 17 2017 — A casino security guard who shot and killed a fellow security officer and then turned the gun on himself has died.
Authorities said Justin Wells, 28, went into the resort at 777 Grand Casino Blvd. just before 7 a.m. Jan. 10 and shot and killed Matt Palmer, 22, before shooting himself. Wells was hospitalized and died Wednesday, according to an online obituary.
Wells had not been arrested, said Terry Weber, spokesman for the FBI, which is handling the case because the casino is on Indian trust land.
Jennifer Bell, spokeswoman for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, which owns and operates the large resort, confirmed that Palmer and Wells were security guards at the casino.
Palmer was hired in August, according to the tribe, and Wells had been employed since 2012.
Palmer, a resident of Macomb, graduated from Asher High School in 2012, where he was an all-state basketball player, according to an online obituary.
Bell said security officers at the casino do not carry guns. She declined to comment on any details of the shooting, including how Wells was able to carry a weapon into the building, which prohibits firearms.
The shooting took place on the second floor in the administrative offices, Bell said.