Cops in Georgia shot by gunman holding teen hostage

Cops in Georgia shot by gunman holding teen hostage

Authorities say two officers have been wounded in a shooting south of Atlanta, where police have poured into a neighborhood and blocked off roads.

"The suspect fired numerous rounds at SWAT officers and vehicles", police said in an update on social media late Thursday.

Police are identifying a teenage boy, his pregnant mom and the gunman they say killed them both and wounded two police officers before turning a gun on himself.

One of the officers was shot in the hand and the other in the hip and upper torso.

At least one of the officers was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital after being shot, CBS reported. The primary focus for police now is securing the release of the juvenile and making sure no one else gets hurt, Smith said. "We're going to wait as long as we can".

Police believe the suspect shot himself. It wasn't clear when the pregnant woman, whom family members said was the gunman's girlfriend, and her 16-year-old son were killed, according to the reporter. Authorities chose to fire several gas canisters into the home, at which point the suspect fired back at SWAT officers outside the home. There was some evidence of that when we arrived on scene, ' Smith said.

The standoff has ended with the deaths of several people, Henry County Police said.

A possible domestic situation in Georgia turned deadly Thursday when one civilian was killed, and two Henry County police officers were shot.

(John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) A woman believed to be related to ones involved in a hostage situation reacts as law enforcement on the scene tried to console them in Stockbridge, Ga., Thursday, April 4, 2019. The officers were responding to a "trouble unknown call" and Captain Smith said they had exigent circumstances to try to enter the home.

"We do not want to make a dynamic entry into the home", Smith said at a press conference.

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