Man charged with attempted murder after hostage situation ends in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. – A man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after a hostage situation in South Richmond Monday morning and afternoon.

Officers responded to the 2100 block of Dinwiddie Avenue for the report of an armed person at approximately 11:29 a.m. A short time later, officers received an additional call for a person shot at the same location.

Upon arrival, officers located 66-year-old Clarence Gregory inside a residence holding another male hostage.

Clarence Gregory

“They found a person that was being held hostage. A man was holding another man hostage with a gun to his head and was bleeding,” said Interim Chief William Smith.

Smith says that hostage was bleeding because he had been shot in the hand.

“After an attempt to negotiate with Gregory, the SWAT team made entry at approximately 12:42 p.m. Gregory was taken into custody,” said a Richmond Police spokesperson. “They also provided medical attention to the victim prior to being transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”

Gregory, of the 200 block of East 17th Street, has been charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

“We have to take action and we were able to talk that person out successfully. In this case we were able to do so without any force which is, which is a credit to our SWAT team and to our negotiators,” Smith added.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Larry at 804-646-5896 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

This is a developing story. Anyone with more information can submit a news tip here.



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