Gunman dead, officer wounded in Georgia hostage situation

April 11, 2013 10:34

ATLANTA - A gunman who held four Georgia firefighters hostage on Wednesday in a suburban Atlanta home has died and an officer was wounded after an exchange of gunfire as authorities moved in to free the captives, police said.

The firefighters, taken captive after responding to what appeared to be a medical call, suffered minor injuries from an explosive device that was used in their rescue, Gwinnett County police spokesman Edwin Ritter told a news conference.

The man, who police have not identified, apparently had been in financial troubles and demanded his power, cable television and cell phone service be restored, Ritter said.

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