4 Firefighters Safe; Gunman Dead in Hostage Standoff
Police officer wounded in rescue mission in Suwanee, Georgia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2013 4:44 PM CDT
Updated Apr 10, 2013 6:56 PM CDT
A police officer holds a rifle as he walks near the hostage scene in Suwanee, Ga., Wednesday.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(Newser) – Four firefighters are safe and the gunman who was holding them hostage in northeast Georgia is dead after police stormed the home this evening. The firefighters have only superficial injuries, though a police officer was shot in the hand during the rescue. Police used explosives to enter the home in Suwanee, where the ordeal had started hours earlier when five firefighters responded to a medical call. They were taken hostage at the scene.

The gunman eventually released one of them to move the fire truck. Television helicopter footage showed police and fire trucks surrounding the neighborhood of mostly two-story homes and well-kept lawns about 35 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. WSB-TV says the man faked a heart attack to draw firefighters to his home. His motive isn't known.

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Apr 11, 2013 8:19 AM CDT
Glad they shot the bastard. Can't cheer loud enough. Thank God the firefighters are safe. This is how these situations should always end.
Apr 10, 2013 8:14 PM CDT
Why ban guns? Let's see....hhmmm...guy uses exacto knife to cut students in Cypress, Tx. Are we going to pass legislation banning carrying exacto knives??? Not!!! If my memory is correct, box knives were used in 9/11/01 highjacks. Is there any laws against having or using box knives??? Not!!! Why more gun laws??? We don"t enforce what is already on the books. Use current laws and prosecute to the fullest. Tell our government to quit giving "Black Guns" to the enemy across the border, maybe, just maybe less guns will be in the hands of criminals. Why do you not hear anything about "FAST AND FURIOUS" anymore? News media gone brain dead???
Apr 10, 2013 8:02 PM CDT
Serves the SOB right. Good riddance.