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Greenville Residents Evacuated For Hostage Situation

Greenville police say they responded to a hostage situation call about 12:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Rollinwood community on Rollins Drive. About 40 officers surrounded the area and the situation ended about 3:15.

Police say there was a failed drug transaction between two groups of people in a home. Investigators say two men demanded money and wouldn't allow anyone to leave. Police say one man was armed with a handgun.

People are being questioned, but no one has been arrested as of Tuesday night. The Greenvile Police Drug Task Force and the N.C. Investigations Bureau are looking into the case.

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For two hours, police had closed off part of Rollinwood. The community is located on Rollins Drive near Play It Again Sports.

Sgt. Carlton Williams says the original 911 call came in as a possible hostage around 1:15 p.m. Some 40 officers, including the department's Emergency Response Team, converged on the area. Units immediately adjacent were evacuated as a precaution.

The ordeal ended around 3:15 p.m. with no one injured and four people taken to the police department for questioning.


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More than 40 police officers are at the scene of a possible hostage situation at a Greenville community.

Part of Rollinwood has been evacuated while police say the situation began as the result of a dispute over money.

The community is on Rollins Drive near Play It Again Sports.

Sgt. Carlton Williams says the call came in around 1:15 p.m. as a possible hostage situation. He said the department's Emergency Response Team, hostage negotiators, and a mobile command center are on the scene.

Williams says there are as many as four or five suspects.

The community is made up of patio homes, with four to each building.

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