Suicidal Georgia man armed with high-powered rifle killed after firing hail of bullets at police
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A man with a high-powered rifle was killed by police near Atlanta early on Monday after a tense four-hour standoff during which he fired at officers and neighbors, a police spokesman said.

Police were called to a home in DeKalb County near Decatur on Sunday night after a relative reported that the 20-year-old gunman was suicidal, police spokesman Steven Fore said.

When officers arrived at the scene, the suspect began firing shots at them from inside the home, Fore said. The tension escalated after police decided to get other residents out of the neighborhood.

“Even during the evacuation, the suspect fired rounds at officers and civilians as well,” Fore said.

Shots were fired “in all directions,” a neighborhood resident told WSB television station.

"We just had to get down and just run and keep our head down," said resident Daniel Lloyd.

Police have not named the suspect, who was alone in the house. He continued shooting as officers tried to negotiate with him and, after he fired one last round at SWAT team members, a police officer returned fire and killed him at about 1 a.m. EST on Monday, Fore said.

(Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Bill Trott)