A man who said he had a bomb held hostages in this Georgia bank.
A man who said he had a bomb held hostages in this Georgia bank.

Atlanta (CNN)A man claiming to have a bomb as he held two hostages inside an Atlanta-area bank has been killed, authorities said Friday.

The man, who entered the Wells Fargo bank branch near Marietta, told negotiators he had a bomb in a backpack, Cobb County Police Chief Michael Register said.

The man apparently allowed customers to leave but held two employees hostage, police public information officer D.L. Pierce said.

Police went inside the bank to free the hostage and the man died, Register said. Pierce characterized the death as an officer-involved shooting.

“(The suspect’s death) is not something that we want to happen, but unfortunately to preserve life, sometimes it becomes necessary,” he said.

After the man was killed, the backpack was taken to another location and destroyed, but police didn’t say whether a bomb was inside.

Streets around the bank were blocked.