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Gunman who held firefighters hostage is now dead

The gunman who was holding four firemen hostage inside a northeast Georgia home is now dead, ABC News reports.
(ABC/WSYR-TV) – The gunman who was holding four firemen hostage inside a northeast Georgia home is now dead, according to ABC News.

After several hours of negotiations, a SWAT team set off an explosion inside the Suwanee home to distract the gunman who was holding the firefighters hostage. They then barged into the home and exchanged gunfire with the suspect, according to Gwinnett County Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

Ritter told ABC News that the firefighters who were rescued from the home suffered “superficial wounds” as a result of the explosion and they’re all going home.

One officer was shot on his hand or arm, Ritter continued, and was taken to a local hospital with a non-life threatening injury.

Police say five firefighters were responding to a medical call at the home when they were taken hostage by the gunman.

Each of the firefighters was being held hostage, but one was released to move the fire truck.

SWAT officials made “several communications” with the suspect, according to local authorities and even brought him food. According to Cpl. Ritter, the suspect demanded his phone, power, cable service and other utilities be turned back on and said he would not release the firefighters until they were restored.

The suspect’s name and the identities of the firefighters are not being released. Nor have officials said what sort of weapons the suspect had inside the home.

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