It was reported early this morning two individuals brought guns onto the premises of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.
Greenville Police Department Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter sent a press release to The East Carolinian about an incident which occurred at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church earlier this morning.
The following information was released by GPD:
“At approximately 11:30 this morning, Greenville police responded to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, located at 107 Louis Street, for the report of an armed man on the premises. The man was also wearing a ballistic vest.
A female was reported to be sitting in the parking lot and also had a gun in her possession.
Officers arrived on scene and quickly detained both the male and the female for questioning.
After further investigation, detectives with the Greenville Police Department believe the individuals involved in today’s incident were the targets of scammers and thereby felt compelled to meet an unknown person at the church. The male feared for his safety due to the circumstances, and he and his female friend armed themselves as a precaution. No one was injured and the individuals never threatened anyone.
Detectives do not believe there was ever any threat to the public and they do not believe the scammers ever had any intentions of actually meeting at the church.
The man has been admitted to the hospital for further evaluation.
It appears the scammers may be based in a different country; however, detectives will continue to investigate the matter.
The names of those involved will not be released as they have not been charged with a crime.”