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Family of man who died in hostage standoff releases statement

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan
The Gwinnett County Police Department SWAT team responds to the scene of a barricaded gunman holding five Gwinnett firefighters hostage in a home at Walnut Grove at Richland development in Suwanee on Wednesday.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan The Gwinnett County Police Department SWAT team responds to the scene of a barricaded gunman holding five Gwinnett firefighters hostage in a home at Walnut Grove at Richland development in Suwanee on Wednesday.

The family of Lauren Holman Brown, the Suwanee man who took five Gwinnett firefighters hostage on Wednesday before he died in a SWAT standoff, issued a statement Friday night through the Gwinnett County Police Department.

"The family would like to express its appreciation to the Gwinnett County Police and Fire Department for all they did to bring this situation to resolution and for their support of our family. We are very grateful that no one else was killed during the standoff."

Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith said detectives have been in touch with Brown's family, which has cooperated fully with the investigation.