70
      Wednesday
      78 / 60
      Thursday
      85 / 63
      Friday
      76 / 55

      Five firefighters held hostage in Georgia

      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.

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