Gunman reportedly holds five firefighters hostage in Georgia; One released; Explosion reported; Gunman dead

A gunman is reportedly holding five firefighters hostage in Suwanee, Ga., according to early reports from Atlanta-area media. A SWAT team is reported to be on scene at the home where the firefighters responded to a medical call.

In December, a convicted felon in Webster, N.Y., shot four firefighters who responded to a house fire.

* * *

Update: Reports indicated that one firefighter was released in order to move a fire truck.

* * *

Update: Reporters and neighbors on the scene are reporting hearing and feeling explosions.

At 7:45 p.m., police told reporters that the gunman was killed after SWAT officers entered the home. An officer was shot in the hand and the hostages had superficial wounds from the explosion.

Twitchy will update this breaking news story as details emerge.

  • digitalPimple

    This is not going to end well for the hostage taker. Just guessing.

    • nc

      You called it. Thank God.

      When will they ever learn?

  • Peyton

    This should be the rule, anyone who takes a firefighter or paramedic hostage or shoots at one should be immediately drawn and quartered.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      BETTER:If you take a First Responder (Fireman, Police, Paramedic, etc.) Hostage and are arrested, LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE if you’re Convicted. Nationwide. And if you KILL a First Responder, FEDERAL DEATH PENALTY, with one appeal, no clemency, no nothing. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Peyton

    This should be the rule, anyone who takes a firefighter or paramedic hostage or shoots at one should be immediately drawn and quartered.

  • http://twitter.com/InformedNow InformNow

    Another, “it takes a good man with a gun, to stop a bad man with a gun” case. What “assault” weapon did this guy have? Would the new 2nd Amendment enfringing law being bantered about have stopped this?!