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.

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