Five firefighters held hostage in Georgia
Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:52:23 GMT —
Authorities in northwest Georgia say a barricaded man is holding five firefighters hostage.
Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter says firefighters on Wednesday responded to a medical call in Suwanee and were taken hostage by a suspect he didn't identify.
Ritter says information on a possible motive was not immediately available and a SWAT team is on the scene. He gave no more details. A call to the Gwinnett County Fire Department was not immediately returned.
Television helicopter footage showed police and fire trucks surrounding the neighborhood of mostly two-story homes and well-kept lawns about 35 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. WSB-TV reported police asked media outlets to move their helicopters from the area near the house.
This situation is reminiscent of the shooting of four firefighters while responding to a fire in Webster, NY outside Rochester back in December. Two of those firefighters were killed.