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Police Kill Gunman in Hostage Standoff

Posted on 11. Apr, 2013 by in Headlines, Headlines Featured

Georgia police killed a gunman who took four firefighters from Georgia hostage.

Georgia police killed a gunman who took four firefighters from Georgia hostage.

April 11, 2013 - Georgia police killed a gunman who took four firefighters from Georgia hostage. The man was demanding that his cell phone and utilities service be reconnected. Police and the gunman exchanged gunfire when police moved in to rescue the hostages.

The incident started when firefighters responded to what they thought was a medical call.

One police officer and the fire firefighters taken hostage suffered only minor injuries due to the shootout and rescue at an Atlanta home.

While the rescue attempt was taking place, the firefighters sustained superficial wounds as a result of an explosive device the SWAT team used to disorient the man who was holding them hostage. One officer was shot in the hand, said authorities.

The four firefighters entered the home to respond to a medical emergency that had been called in. Once they entered the home, the man surprised them and took them hostage. The standoff with police last a number of hours and dozens of fire engines and police cars appeared on the scene.

Once the police felt the firefighters’ lives were in imminent danger, they fired off the explosive device and entered the home. The man was killed by SWAT when they stormed the suburban Atlanta home.

Authorities said the home was in foreclosure and that all of the services – electricity, cable television and water had been shut off.

One authority said the man apparently just wanted to have his electricity, cable and phone service restored but the situation took a turn for the worse when he would not allow the firefighters to leave the home and was brandishing a firearm.

Law enforcement officials said a complete investigation into the rescue effort would be completed, which is normal for any hostage situation.

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