SUWANEE, GA (CBS) -- A group of firefighters in Georgia are recovering Thursday morning. Their routine emergency call turned into a hostage situation Wednesday. A heavily armed man took them captive. It happened in the small town of Suwannee, outside Atlanta. The suspect was killed in a shootout.
Dispatch calls captured the terrifying moment five Atlanta area firefighters realized they had walked into a trap. The team was responding to a medical call for a possible heart attack when a man suddenly turned a gun on them.
Gwinnett County Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge says, "Firefighters had run these types of calls over and over again and again today, no indication that they would be any different."
One of the hostages escaped after the suspect ordered him to move the fire truck. The gunman, who officials say was having financial trouble, then made a list of demands. One of the firefighters said on the radio, "Person demands full cable, internet (and what sir?) and telephone please."
Officers blocked off the surrounding area, setting the stage for a tense four hour standoff. Fearing the situation was about to escalate, a SWAT team moved in.
Officers set off a loud explosion to distract the suspect before trading gunfire with him. Cpl. Ed Ritter with the Gwinnett Co. Police Dept. says, "It got to a point where we believed that their lives were in immediate danger and our swat team made the decision to go in there an neutralize the situation."
One SWAT officer was shot and transferred to a nearby hospital, with an injury that's not life threatening. The four fighters suffered some minor cuts and bruises from the explosion.
The suspect died in the shootout. Ritter says, "This was his call, his decision, this was the result of his actions. We didn't want it this way. But he was calling the shots."