April 10th, 2013
05:46 PM ET

Hostage-taker near Atlanta killed

[Update 7:46 p.m.] The man who took several firefighter-paramedics hostage in Suwanee, Georgia, is dead after an exchange of gunfire with police, Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Ed Ritter says. The four remaining firefighters and one police officer suffered superficial wounds, he said.

[Update] The gunman has released one firefighter; four remain inside the house. The gunman let the one hostage out to move the firetruck away from the house, officials said.

[First post, 5:46 p.m.] One firefighter A "barricaded gunman" is holding five Gwinnett County, Georgia, firefighters hostage in suburban Atlanta, a police spokesman said.

The hostage situation began after firefighters responded to "some type of medical call" at a residence in Suwanee, Gwinnett County police spokesman Ed Ritter said.

Police asked local TV stations not to send helicopters over the area, in the interest of assuring the safety of those involved in the situation.

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  1. banasy©

    S M H

    April 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ banasy: msg received. Did you will *facepalm* to me?
    Even before this incident, I was thinking, "it has started."
    I hope this is the last attack on established order.

    April 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Darling JIF, I only *Facepalm* those who say things that are so outrageous, they warrant one. You are not one that falls into that category.

      April 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ronvan

    This country is going down the toilet so fast we can't even keep up with the comments! Now I would expect that when a real emergency is called in the fire dept., EMT's, etc. will have to wait until the police determine that everything is OK!
    Just way to many people with mental problems going on.

    April 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      Yep, guns in America, now medical help is being ambushed, just awful!!!

      April 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      Look I have two burns (one a three inch third degree on my leg from firefighting) another minor burn on my neck, a stab wound on my arm, and have been assaulted ,shot at at least four times or more all job related as a firefighter. This is nothing new what happened in Atlanta.

      April 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It seems that our good first responders are under attack much more than we have heard, S Kel.
      The dangers are apparently not just the fires you are sent to put out.

      April 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    So true @ ronvan. Maybe soon the government will see fit to re~ennact the mental health facilities that were abolished during the Reagan era huh?

    April 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    @ benn, Im sure youre old brain remembers mental health clinics doncha?

    April 10, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Ah. He is dead.
    Perhaps this is what he desired all along.

    April 10, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ Benn, chrissy, Donna, re old mental-health programs:
    I remember the strongest advocates for changes in hospitalisation of the mentally ill as very liberal social workers, union organisers, and similar persons who insisted that I didn't understand how the mentally ill felt about their confinement. I don't remember Reagan's being very active in closing hospitals.

    April 10, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      First, I would like to know your christian name so I may return the courtesy you bestow upon me.
      Second, it was defunded during the 80's; Congress voted on it, and Reagan signed it. I don't recall my saying it was his idea personally.

      April 10, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I also find it somewhat amusing that no two people remember events exactly the same; similar to the old children's telephone game, I suppose.

      April 10, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. s kel

    Hey all like I stated earlier about the assault on firefighters ,well been there went thru that.

    April 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. s kel

    Hummmm that accounts for a sizeable portion of mentally challaned homeless person I have encountered on my calls I had responded on.

    April 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, yes, there was a sizable influx into the population once those policies went into effect, and the formerly funded hospitals had to close.

      April 10, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Ty @ banasy! I too did NOT say Reagan wanted it to happen. I said it occurred durring the Reagan ERA! And FYI @ Joey, it was the Republicans during that time that pushed for it!

    April 10, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Well thank god that no one else was injurred. And most likely this guy planned on not surviving this.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |