4 Firefighters Held Hostage In Georgia

Authorities say a gunman holding four firefighters in suburban Atlanta has been shot dead by SWAT members, Associated Press reports.

Four firefighters were held hostage at a home in Gwinnett County, Georgia on Thursday.

Five firefighters were initially involved, but the gunman allowed one to leave to move the fire truck.

Reports of a hostage situation emerged shortly after 4:45 p.m. Police say the firefighters were responding to a medical emergency call, but “there was no indication or reason to believe there would be a violent situation” waiting for them.

The home is on Walnut Grove Way in Suwanee, a city about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta.

3. Check back here for updates.

Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 6:25 p.m. ET:

No indication hostages have been harmed, #Gwinnett fire captain says. (@WSBwebguy)

— BuzzFeedNews (@BuzzFeed News)

No residents will be allowed in the neighborhood, may not return home at this time. #Gwinnett

— 11AliveNews (@11Alive News)

Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 7:48 p.m. ET:

9. Hostage Situation Has Ended:

RT @CharlieKayeCBS: BREAKING: @CBSNews in Atlanta reports gunman who took firefighters hostage is dead.

— BuzzFeedNews (@BuzzFeed News)

BREAKING: Police say gunman dead, one police officer injured, 4 firefighters suffer superficial wounds as hostage situation in Georga ends.

— CharlieKayeCBS (@Charlie Kaye)

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