An EMT works in the back of an ambulance as it leaves an Suwanee, Ga., subdivision after an explosion and gunshots were heard near the scene where a man was holding four firefighters hostage Wednesday (John Bazemore, AP)
SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) - Police say a man who held firefighters hostage for hours in a suburban Atlanta home was heavily armed with a half-dozen guns, and told the firefighters that he targeted them so he wouldn't be shot.
Police on Thursday identified the man as 55-year-old Lauren Brown of Suwanee.
Police say Brown faked an illness to get firefighters and was lying in bed when they arrived. Gwinnett County Police Chief Charles M. Walters says when the five firefighters approached the bed, he pulled out a handgun.
Walters says Brown opened fire on a police officer who entered a bedroom when SWAT members stormed the house Wednesday evening.
Police say that officer was wounded in the left arm by one of the shots, but managed to return fire, striking and killing Brown.