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Officer in hostage standoff is acclaimed firearms expert, ID'd

Sgt. Jason Teague

Sgt. Jason Teague

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.

Comments

ngwinnett 1 year ago

Before this becomes a forum for discussing political beliefs or feelings for public safety personnel, I want to thank Sergeant Teague and the other officers for their service. They risked their own personal safety for others. In this case those needing help were fire fighters, but don't think for one minute that they would have acted any differently had it been your family in need. So let me be the first to say thank you and hope you get well soon Sergeant Teague.

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Why_not 1 year ago

I agree wholeheartedly.....well done.

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Dubbin 1 year ago

Agreed. So very well said.

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FordGalaxy 1 year ago

It's sad that some people will make an effort to turn this into a discussion about politics. These men put their lives on the line for others. Regardless your beliefs, no one could know how the hostage taker would react. They did what they thought best, and all hostages were rescued. If only every hostage situation could turn out this way.

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Why_not 1 year ago

Our law enforcement and fire/EMS employees step up to serve unselfishly on a daily basis. I am thankful all involved are safe and there is no doubt in my mind that they will continue to serve the residents of Gwinnett county throughout their careers. Thanks to all of you.....

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alismom13 1 year ago

Couldn't have been said it any better! Thank you Sgt Teague, and all of those who serve Gwinnett Co

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TOWG 1 year ago

Thank-you Sgt. Teague! You are a true professional, bringing honor to the Gwinnett Police and the entire community.

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JimmyOrr 1 year ago

God bless you, Sgt. Teague. You are one of our brave first responders (Fire, Police, EMT) who stand between us and harm's way each day of our lives. Each of you are the epitome of Isaiah 6:8 (KJV) as you stand willing to answer the call without hesitation no matter the circumstances.

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