Georgia hostage-taker slain by police

Firefighters lured to home slightly injured, police say

Police shot dead a gunman who held four firefighters hostage for hours in a suburban Atlanta home, and all the hostages were slightly injured but should be OK, authorities said.
Suwanee, GeorgiaThe gunman, who was not identified, had demanded that his power and cable be restored, said Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter. According to public records, the home is in foreclosure.
"It's an unfortunate circumstance. We did not want this to end this way," Ritter said. "But with the decisions this guy was making, this was his demise."
Five firefighters had responded Wednesday afternoon to what seemed like a routine medical call. The gunman then released one firefighter to move a fire truck.
Police used an explosion to distract the gunman and rush into the home. One officer was wounded in the hand or arm but should be fine, Ritter said.
The firefighters mainly suffered cuts and bruises in the explosion, said fire department Capt. Tommy Rutledge.
Police had surrounded the home, and a hostage negotiator had been in contact with the suspect.


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