SUWANEE, Ga. - Authorities say that a hostage situation involving Gwinnett County firefighters has ended with the suspect dead and a SWAT officer injured.
Cpl. Edwin Ritter of the Gwinnett County Police Department said that the suspect was killed after the SWAT team entered into the home to end the four-hour hostage situation around 7:30 p.m.
Authorities did not say if the suspect died of a self-inflicted wound or if he was shot by officers.
An officer apparently suffered a gunshot wound to his arm or hand, Ritter said. His injuries are said to be non-life-threatening.
The four firefighters being held hostage suffered superficial injuries when a flash bang off, according to Ritter. They will be able to go home to their families on Wednesday night, Ritter said.
Police say that the incident began after firefighters responded to a home in the 2400 block of Walnut Grove Way in Suwanee after the suspect made a heart attack call around 3:40 p.m.
“They arrived at the scene. They went in and began to do what they do every day when they were taken hostage,” said Captain Tommy Rutledge of the Gwinnett County Fire Department.
Ritter said that the suspect was apparently suffering financial difficulties and was demanding to have his power and other utilities turned back on. The Associated Press reports that public records show that the home where the situation took place is in foreclosure and has been bank-owned since mid-November.
There were originally five hostages, but one firefighter was let go to move the fire truck, according to Rutledge.
That home is near Collins Hill Park, Walnut Grove Elementary School and Collins Hill High School. Those schools are closed this week for spring break.
Residents were not being allowed into the neighborhood while the incident was ongoing, according to authorities.
Authorities had asked media not to send any helicopters into the airspace of the SWAT call.
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The housing bubble is back. Thanks bernanke.
What could possibly go wrong?
It sounds as if they get taken hostage pretty often. Nice writing. Colleen Jenkins and David Beasley; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Steve Orlofsky. Four people and they still can't make it sound right. High school interns?