Deputies: Armed man accused of holding child hostage in a home in Hartsville


HARTSVILLE, S.C. (WBTW) — One person has been arrested after deputies say they were armed and took a child hostage in a home in Darlington County.

Deputies responded to a home in the area of Ousleydale Road in reference to an armed individual holding a child hostage.

Darlington County Sheriff’s Office S.I.R.T. Team was activated and the Florence County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team was called to assist as well as SLED’s S.W.A.T. Team. 

Before Florence County and SLED could arrive, the situation escalated to the point that the Darlington County S.I.R.T. Team had to take action. The suspect, Michael Harris Jr., was apprehended without any shots being fired and without any injuries to anyone involved.

Harris was transported to an area hospital to be evaluated. At this time, the incident is still under investigation.

Harris was charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child, domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and discharging a firearm into a dwelling.

No other details were immediately available. Count on News13 for updates.

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