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Gunman killed in shootout with police, 4 firefighter hostages freed

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Suwanee, Georgia. (Courtesy WXIA-11)

UPDATE, 8 P.M. (WXIA) -- SUWANEE, Ga. -- Authorities confirm the suspect is dead after a four-hour, hostage standoff that included four Gwinnett County firefighter on Wednesday.

According to authorities, police used a "flash bang grenade" to distract the suspect when they felt their officers were in "immediate danger" on the scene.

All four of the firefighters taken hostage are safe and sustained superficial wounds during the recovery.

There has been an explosion and sounds of gunshots at the scene of a Gwinnett County standoff.  Two ambulances rushed away from the scene with someone in the back of each.

The Gwinnett County Police Department SWAT is on scene of a barricaded gunman holding Gwinnett County firefighters hostage.

The accused gunman originally took five firefighters hostage however he let one leave to take the responding fire engine back to the station.

According to Captain Rutledge of the Gwinnett County Fire Department, authorities believed they were responding to a medical call. The firefighters are now being held in the house on Walnut Grove Way in Suwanee.

According to property tax records, the home where the firefighters are being held hostage was foreclosed on November 2012. After the house was foreclosed on, the mortgage switched hands from Wells Fargo to Fannie Mae.

The residence is near Collins Hill Rd. and Taylor Rd. Police are unsure of the gunman's motive at this time.

UPDATE (6 p.m.) -- Police: 4 firefighters held hostage in northeast Ga; gunman releases 1 to move fire truck. 

LIVE COVERAGE from WXIA-11 in Atlanta 

SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) -- 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.

WXIA-TV & Associated Press

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