A 29-year-old Madera man was arrested Monday morning after climbing a tree in Winton and remaining there for nearly nine hours, after an alleged domestic dispute with his wife.
Chad Hosburgh was taken into custody by deputies around 5:40 a.m. in the 7000 block of Crawford Street.
Deputies took a report at 12:20 a.m. Sunday in Winton about the incidents leading up to the tree climbing.
Hosburgh's wife had driven from the couple's Madera home to Winton after an argument between them Saturday night. But Hosburgh followed her and the dispute reignited in Winton, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.
When she refused to leave, Hosburgh allegedly pulled out a semiautomatic handgun, brandishing it at her and her family, the sheriff's department said. To prevent anyone from getting hurt, the wife agreed to accompany Hosburgh. While Hosburgh was getting into the car, she ran back into the house. Hosburgh then told his wife that their two boys, ages 1 and 7, were inside the car. Hosburgh drove away and the victim reported hearing several shots being fired, the sheriff's department said.
Deputies found several shell casings in the street but couldn't locate Hosburgh or determine what he was firing at. The victim also couldn't determine whether the children were in the car, MacKenzie said.
Deputies spotted the suspect's car parked in the 6000 block of Crawford Street at around 7 p.m. Sunday and determined he was probably back at his wife's family's home. Deputies went to take Hosburgh into custody at around 9 p.m., but he had climbed up a large tree and refused to surrender.
Deputies didn't know whether the suspect was armed, so they surrounded the property. Hosburgh refused to come down, and kept climbing from the tree onto the roof of the home and back, MacKenzie said.
During the incident, deputies used fire truck ladders and hoses to spray him. After nearly nine hours, Hosburgh finally gave up and surrendered to deputies.
He was booked into Merced County Jail on suspicion of possession of a concealable weapon, discharging a firearm in a negligent manner and spousal abuse. He remains in jail in lieu of $60,000 bail.