Man arrested following early-morning hostage incident in Columbia

Published: Jul. 4, 2017 at 2:25 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2017 at 5:36 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man following an alleged hostage incident early Tuesday morning.

Deputies responded to a home on the 6600 block of Two Notch Road around 5 a.m. and found two victims inside the house with a man armed with a handgun.

The suspect, identified as Valentino Hammond, was arrested.

The department's special response team entered the home around 8:30 a.m. to get the victims, another man, and a woman, out of the home. The incident started as an argument that escalated.

He's been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault and battery, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of presenting a firearm, and two counts of firearms possession by a convicted felon.

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