Transcript for Suspect Who Took Firefighters Hostage Is Dead
here at home outside of atlanta. A team of firefighters did the brave thing they do, responding to a 911 call. When they arrived, they were taken hostage by a gunman. S.W.A.T. Team storming the scene and abc's ron claiborne tells us what happened next. Reporter: The dramatic stand-off began just before 5:00. At a house in a residential neighborhood 35 miles outside atlanta. The firefighters who are also EMTs WERE TAKEN CAPTIVE Responding to a call of a medical emergency. Authorities say the suspects released a firefighter so he could move his fire truck. Our s.W.A.T. Team is on scene. The house is surrounded. Our negotiators are attempting to communicate. Caller: It was unclear whether naf madect with the gunman. Right now we've not been given any indication that our firefighters have been harmed at this point. Reporter: William spang ler, a paroled murderer shot and killed two firefighters before taking his own life. In georgia tonight, residents are being kept away from homes in the area of the hostage-taking. And at this hour, the situation is tense and ongoing. Ron claiborne, abc news, new york.
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