An ambulance leaves the scene of a standoff in Gwinnett County, Ga., April 10, 2013.

Ga. Hostage-Taker Told Firefighters He Wanted Cable, Internet

Man with financial difficulties demanded restored service before being dying in standoff.

An ambulance leaves the scene of a standoff in Gwinnett County, Ga., April 10, 2013.
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 The man who faked a heart attack and then held five responding firefighters hostage Wednesday at his Gwinnett County, Ga., home demanded that his Internet, cable TV and phone service be restored.

The hostage-taker was Lauren Holman Brown, WSB-TV reports. He died when police entered the home, but it's unclear if he was killed by police or himself.

Brown released one of the firefighters early in the standoff to move the crew's truck. The other four remained until police used a concussion grenade and stormed the house.

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Audio recorded by Reuters indicates that among Brown's grievances was a dispute over services that had been disconnected.

"We're in a situation where we have an, an armed person, and he is requesting certain utilities to be turned back on," one of the hostages told an emergency dispatcher. "The person is demanding that cable be turned on by 5:30."

The firefighter added, "The person demands full cable, Internet... and telephone, please." According to the hostage, Brown had "multiple handguns, multiple rifles."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that police cordoned off the area around Brown's house during the standoff, but allowed a Comcast truck to pass through the neighborhood around 6:15 p.m. The police entered the home around 7:30 p.m.

"It's a very bold act," Gwinnett fire Capt. Thomas Rutledge told the Journal-Constitution. "People can often be desperate. We don't know what the situation could be."

One police officer was shot in the wrist during the standoff, but all hostages were treated and released by a local hospital Wednesday night.

WSB-TV reports that, according to a Freddie Mac spokesperson, Brown's home was in foreclosure.

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