Suspect in Georgia hostage situation killed; officer shot; 4 firefighters have superficial injuries

SUWANEE, Ga. - Authorities in northwest Georgia say a man who took five firefighters hostage has been killed in a gunfight. 

Four fighters were injured by flying debris when the SWAT team used a flashbang stun grenade to enter the two-story house.

The gunman originally took five emergency responders hostage but released one so a fire truck could be moved.

Just before 7:30 local time, multiple explosions were heard in in the neighborhood.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter a SWAT officer was shot in the hand during the exchange of gunfire. 

A fire truck and an ambulance originally responded to a medical call at a large two-story house in Suwanee and were taken hostage by a suspect he didn't identify.

Ritter says information on a possible motive would not be released at this time and a SWAT team and negotiator were in contact with the gunman until the SWAT team moved in.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Thomas Rutledge said that one fire engine and an ambulance were sent to the scene, as is customary.

"There was no indication or any reason to believe there would be a violent situation," Rutledge told the network.

Suwanee is a suburban of Atlanta, about 35 miles northeast of downtown.

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