The five members of the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services that were held hostage last week spoke at a news conference Tuesday morning.
Jody Moss, Jason Schuon, Tim Hollingsworth, Chip Echols, and Sydney Garner, all from Fire Station #10, were held hostage at a home on Walnut Grove Way in Suwanee on April 10.
"I tried to remind him that we all have wives or girlfriends and I told him later on that I was trying to get engaged here pretty soon and he brought that up to the negotiator that 'he hopes this guy can make it home to get engaged to his girlfriend' so that kind of shook me up a little bit," said Echols.
Fire officials told CBS Atlanta News the firefighters received only superficial wounds from the debris of the flash grenade that was used to end the hostage situation.
Two of the firefighters were just evaluated by hospital staff and were quickly released. The other three were leased shortly after.
The hostage taker, Lauren Holman Brown, 55, was killed at the scene.
"My personal opinion is that he wanted to board the house up, kill us, set the house on fire, shoot himself and then let the firemen come in and put the fire out," said Hollingsworth.
Brown fired at Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Jason Teague, who was struck in the left forearm. Teague returned fire, killing Brown.
Teague underwent surgery and was allowed to return home on Saturday. Doctors feel that he will make a full recovery and are hopeful that he will be able to return to duty in a few months.
Sgt. Teague began his career with the Gwinnett County Police Department in 1996. He became a member of the GCPD SWAT Team in 2002. He has served in several positions on the SWAT Team including entry team, sniper team, and sniper team leader. He has been the senior tactical team leader since 2011.
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