1. Cobb police Chief Mike Register told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the man identified himself as Brian Easley, 33, of Jefferson.
  2. Easley called the WSBTV.com newsroom just before 10:30 a.m. He claimed he had two people hostage and a bomb with the poweor to "take out the entire room." He said he was kicked out of the VA Hospital on Monday when officials called police on him. He said he was homeless and staying at a Marietta hotel when he went to the bank.
  3. He also said that he did not want to hurt anyone, and that if he did detonate the bomb, he would let the two hostages go.
  4. Two bank employees who said they were being held as hostages also called the newsroom. They said that they were OK. Cobb County police were able to remove the hostages from the bank but the suspect remained inside, police announced Friday afternoon.
  5. There were no customers in the bank when Easley arrived, police told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  6. Around 1 p.m., a robot breached the front door of the bank and made visual contact with the suspect. At a news conference, authorities said "a member of the tactical team may have been responsible for the deceased."
  7. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case as an officer-involved shooting.
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  9. Easley said he was a homeless veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. and that he served two tours in Iraq with a supply company.
  10. He told WSBTV.com that he was unhappy with his experiences with the VA and that he had no money to buy food, water or shelter.
  11. FBI agent Steve Emmett said the agency is providing assistance in several areas.
  12. Authorities don’t know if Easley had a connection to the bank. They said they do not believe the situation is a robbery.
  13. Several roads around the bank are closed.
  14. Check back for updates on this developing story.
  15. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.
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