Hostage Situation Resolved in Richland County

Deputies have arrested a man in connection with a hostage situation early Tuesday morning, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

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.

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