Deputies have arrested a man in connection with a hostage situation early Tuesday morning, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
Valentino Hammonds, 31, is charged with two counts each of attempted murder, kidnapping, assault & battery, pointing and presenting a firearm at a person, and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.
Deputies say they responded to the scene in the 6600 block of Two Notch Road around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, at which time they determined there were possibly three victims and an armed man inside the home. Deputies say they made entry at about 8:30 a.m., freeing two men and a woman and taking one man into custody. No major injuries were sustained, according to investigators.