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Gwinnett County firefighter's radio call advises police of hostage situation

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CBS Atlanta News obtained audio from a firefighter's radio call during Wednesday's SWAT standoff in Gwinnett County.

There is no sense of panic in the fireman's voice while making that call after being held up inside the home of Lauren Holman Brown, 55, near Suwanee.

"We are in a situation where we have an armed person and he is requesting certain, certain utilities to be turned back on," A firefighter said during a radio call.

Firefighters responded to Brown's home after receiving a medical call shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

"He seemed to be suffering from a condition that restricted his movement," Gwinnett County Police Chief Charles Walters said.

Investigators said Brown was lying in bed when firefighters arrived and he quickly pulled a gun on them, taking all five hostage.

"One of Brown's initial demands was that the responding fire truck and ambulance be moved from the front of his house. Brown released one of the hostages to move those vehicles as the first police officer arrived at 4:07 p.m.," Walters said.

Police said Brown's demands continued. He wanted his power, cable and Internet turned back on. Then he wanted police to deliver food and to have them board up his home. All the while, four firefighters held hostage remained calm inside, led by one fireman with more than 20 years experience.

"His actions and his calm demeanor certainly played a very prominent role in the outcome," Gwinnett County Fire Chief Bill Myers said.

It allowed SWAT team members to invade the home and safely rescue the hostages.

"Brown did not comply with verbal commands and immediately began fire shots at the first officer to enter the bedroom. The first officer was struck in the left forearms with one of the shots. The injured officer returned fire striking and killing Brown," Walters said.

Police and fire officials are not releasing the names of the hostages and injured officer.

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