Bay St. Louis man accused of holding wife, in-laws and child hostage in Kiln

Bay St. Louis man accused of holding wife, in-laws and child hostage in Kiln

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - We are learning more details about the man who allegedly held four people hostage at a house in Kiln on Sunday morning.

Hancock County Sheriff's Department Investigator Brandon Normand tells us Peter Dougherty, Jr., 33, is charged with six counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault domestic violence, four counts of aggravated assault, malicious mischief and violation of a protection order.

Normand said deputies and the Hancock County SWAT Team responded to the hostage situation at 21103 Road 254 off Cuevas Town Road around 6:45 a.m.

Officials tell us Dougherty, a Bay St. Louis resident, had a warrant out for his arrest for violating a protection order when the incident happened.

According to Chief Deputy Don Bass, Dougherty was holding four people, including his wife, in-laws and 13-month-old child, at gunpoint inside the home.

Bass said it all started when Dougherty's wife, in-laws and child left the home. Officials say Dougherty then hid in the garage and took the four hostages when they returned home.

Bass said the father-in-law was able to escape the house and contact authorities.

Sheriff Ricky Adam said Dougherty initially released the mother-in-law, but kept his wife and child in the house for about three hours.

Bass said Dougherty finally released his wife and child after being talked down by a negotiator. He surrendered to authorities without incident, and there were no injuries.

Bass said two other people were in the house when the incident began, but Dougherty released them early on.

Dougherty is being held at the Hancock County Jail without bond.

Normand said the investigation is ongoing.

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