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Man involved in double shooting, hostage situation in New Albany now charged with murder

The suspect, Cherok Douglass, has been charged with kidnapping, robbery, murder and attempted murder according to Indiana State Police.

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — Indiana State Police said a man has been charged with murder and kidnapping after he allegedly shot two people and held a woman at gunpoint in New Albany.

According to New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey, officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Circle K on Grant Line Rd. near Beechwood Ave. around 10 a.m. on Monday, April 4. When they arrived, they found a man and a woman who had been shot and killed.

After the officers arrived, Chief Bailey said they saw an SUV quickly leave the scene. They pursued the vehicle to the area of Kamer Miller Rd. and Charlestown Rd.

According to police, the man inside the vehicle, identified by Huls as Cherok Douglass, got out, ran inside of the Onion Restaurant & Tea House on Charlestown Rd., and came out holding a woman at gunpoint.

Huls said Douglass forced the woman into a vehicle, but she managed to escape. She was injured during the incident, but she was not shot.

Huls said Douglass attempted to run over the officers, at which time they shot at him. Douglass and the woman he took hostage were both taken to the hospital and are expected to survive.

According to police, Cherok Douglass was married to the woman killed at the gas station, identified as Brandee Douglass. The second person killed has been identified as Lorin Yelle. Police do not believe Yelle knew Cherok or Brandee Douglass and said he was a customer at the gas station who was shot as he was walking to his vehicle.

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Cherok Douglass has been charged with kidnapping, robbery, murder and attempted murder, ISP said.

Indiana State Police, the Floyd County Sheriff and Clark County Sheriff's Office are helping with the investigation. ISP is now the lead on all investigations from this incident.

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