Gunman Holding Firemen Hostage Killed, Hostages OK - WSPA.com

Gunman Holding Firemen Hostage Killed, Hostages OK

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SUWANEE, Ga. -

UPDATE April 10th, 10:52 pm:

A police official in suburban Atlanta says SWAT officers had no choice but to take out a gunman who had been holding four firefighters for hours. 

A fire official says the four hostages had cuts and bruises from explosions officers set off to distract before moving against the gunman. The injuries were minor. One SWAT team member was shot in the hand or arm, but is expected to be fine. 

Gwinnett County Police Corporal Edwin Ritter says the decision to take out the gunman was made because it was believed that the lives of the hostages were in "immediate danger." Earlier, a fifth firefighter was allowed to leave to move a fire truck. 

The gunman, who has not been identified, demanded several utilities be restored. According to public records, the home is in foreclosure and has been bank-owned since mid-November.

UPDATE April 10th, 8:05pm:

Authorities say a gunman holding four firefighters in suburban Atlanta has been shot dead by SWAT members and that all the hostages are slightly injured but should be OK. 

Gwinnett County Police Corporal Edwin Ritter said Wednesday evening that a SWAT officer has been shot in the hand. 

Minutes before the police announcement, one big explosion followed by several smaller ones or gunshots were heard in the Suwanee neighborhood about 35 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Police and fire officials say five firefighters responded to what seemed like a routine medical call in Suwanee and were eventually taken hostage by an unidentified suspect inside the house. They say one was let go to move the fire truck.

Earlier Story, April 10th, 5:41 pm:

Authorities in northeast Georgia say a gunman has barricaded himself in a home and is holding four firefighters hostage.

Gwinnett County Police Corporal Edwin Ritter says five firefighters on Wednesday responded to a medical call in Suwanee. They were taken hostage by a suspect he didn't identify but says the gunman released one to move the fire truck.

Ritter says information on a possible motive was not immediately available and a SWAT team and negotiator are in contact with the man.

Fire department Capt. Tommy Rutledge says there is no indication any of the firefighter has been hurt. He says the medical call seemed routine and firefighters did not believe there was any danger.

Television helicopter footage shows police and fire trucks surrounding the neighborhood of mostly two-story homes and well-kept lawns about 35 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

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