LAWRENCEVILLE -- The SWAT officer injured while rescuing Gwinnett firefighters in last week's hostage standoff is an internationally recognized firearms expert.
Sgt. Jason Teague, a 17-year veteran of the Gwinnett Police Department, was released from the hospital Saturday, after undergoing surgery, but police officials said it will be some time until he returns to work.
Teague has more than 10 years experience on the SWAT team, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Monday. He has been involved in many major incidents, including placing the handcuffs on Brian Nichols, the Atlanta Courthouse shooter, when he was apprehended in Duluth in 2005, Smith said.
Teague was the senior tactical team leader on the entry team for Wednesday's incident, and was the first to enter the Walnut Grove Way home where Lauren Holman Brown lured five firefighters by faking a heart attack.
A nearly three-hour standoff ended when Teague fatally shot Brown, after the man opened fire, striking Teague in the forearm.
While the firefighters who were held hostage are expected to participate in a press conference Tuesday, Teague does not plan to speak about the incident until an internal affairs investigation has concluded, Smith said.
As the SWAT team is a voluntary team on top of full-time duties, Teague currently works as a supervisor for the K-9 Unit. For five years, he was a full-time firearms instructor at the Gwinnett Police Academy, and Smith said he continues to teach at the academy on a part-time basis. On the SWAT team, Teague previously held positions on the entry team and as a sniper and sniper team leader.
"His skill and expertise with firearms and tactics are internationally recognized," Smith said, adding that Teague attends and conducts numerous training events outside the department each year.