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Escaped Inmate Captured

Twenty-one year-old jail escapee Charles Cochran was in the Macon County jail on a minor trespassing charge. But investigators suspect he may have been involved with a fatal fire and a shooting over the weekend while he was on the loose.

Charles Cochran was captured at a house at 398 Green Street in Franklin, late Monday night. But the Macon County Sheriff says he tried to run and had to be tackled by SWAT officers.

John Wilson owns the house and takes on boarders. He says his son met Cochran at the dollar store in town. "He told us his name was David.  But evidently he was lying about that," says Wilson, adding, "He's seen these other boys here that I've been helping and I reckon he figured I was one you know, not to put anybody out needing help."

He agreed to let Cochran hang around for a little while. But it turned into a couple days, and he started to get suspicious. "He acted kind of strange.  He had a gun he was trying to sell." Monday night he called 911, giving officers a heads up that Cochran had a .38 pistol.

The SWAT team maneuvered quietly in the dark, waiting until Cochran didn't have the gun and was sitting in the bed of a pick-up truck. They moved in close to midnight. The sheriff says Cochran tried to run, but didn't get out of the driveway. "He struggled for a minute and attempted to elbow my officers. They quickly subdued him and handcuffed him took him into custody," says Sheriff Robbie Holland.

Due to recent information, including talking to a witness, Sheriff Holland suspects Cochran was involved in a shooting on West Palmer Street Saturday night, not far from Green Street. "During this conversation, Cochran admitted that he was running from police. That he had shot and possibly killed an individual," he says.

Franklin police say a bullet only grazed the shooting victim. But investigators continue questioning Cochran.  And, the sheriff says Cochran had two guns with possible ties to the scene of a fatal house fire Saturday afternoon in the Burningtown community.

"Cochran had one of those guns last night. We have been able to collect evidence that we believe in the end will tie him to both incidents."

Cochran is back at the Macon County jail, this time under much tighter security, and likely to face more serious charges.

By: Rex Hodge
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