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Gunman dead, officer wounded in Georgia hostage standoff

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The gunman who took four Georgia firefighters hostage in an Atlanta home was killed on Wednesday in an exchange of gunfire with authorities, police reported.

One policeman was wounded and the firefighters, who were taken hostage after responding to what seemed to be a medical call, suffered minor injuries during the rescue.

Officials declined to give details about what happened inside the home and it is still not clear whether the suspect died as a result of gunshots by law enforcement or a self-inflicted wound.

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

A SWAT unit entered the house after deciding the lives of the firefighters were in imminent danger.

During the rescue operation the firefighters received superficial wounds from an explosive device used to disorient the suspect, and an officer was shot in the arm.

The wounded officer was in good condition and the firefighters had all been released from Gwinnett Medical Center.

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