GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. --Channel 2 Action News has confirmed the identity of the man who held five firefighters hostage Wednesday afternoon as Lauren Holman Brown.
All five Gwinnett County firefighters who were held hostage Wednesday afternoon have been released from the hospital after being treated for superficial shrapnel injuries.
Fire officials said just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, an unidentified man faked having a heart attack to draw the firefighters to his home at 2440 Walnut Grove Way, near Collins Hill and Taylor roads. The neighborhood is across from Walnut Grove Elementary School off Interstate 85.
It is unclear what motivated the gunman to hold the firefighters hostage.
One of the firefighters was released early on, but four more remained inside the home.
Channel 2 Action News obtained radio transmissions from inside the home while the hostage situation was going on.
"(He has) multiple guns, multiple rifles," the firefighter said. "We're in a situation where we have an armed person and he is requesting certain utilities to be turned back on at his house. He is armed and we are in the room with him.”
Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh said several Gwinnett County SWAT officers were already at the home when she arrived just after 5 p.m.
For several hours, the man in the home demanded that his utilities be turned back on. A Freddie Mac spokesperson confirmed that the home is in foreclosure and being prepped for sale.
Around 7:30 p.m., police decided to send in SWAT officers.
"It got to the point where we believed that their lives were in immediate danger and our SWAT team made a decision to go in there and neutralize the situation," Cpl. Ed Ritter of the Gwinnett County Police Department said.
SWAT officers used flash-bang, or concussion grenades, to catch the gunman off-guard as they entered the home.
Officials said gunfire was exchanged, but it is unclear if the man shot himself, or if he was killed by officers.
One of the officers was shot in the hand, but officials told Kavanaugh he is in good condition.
The firefighters involved were called to the home because they are cross-trained as emergency medical technicians, Gwinnett Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge told Kavanaugh.
"This was a typical emergency response, no indication that anything would go wrong, and firefighters went in with their multiple equipment to perform patient care and meet the need of the person who is inside," he said.
Rutledge said the department is relieved that everyone involved escaped safely.
"In talking to firefighters and their families, they are relieved, simply relieved, that situation is over, that family members (are) with them," Rutledge said.
The identities of the firefighters have not been released.
Officers are expected to return to the home on Thursday to continue their investigation.