Atwater felon flees officers, hides in horse stall after rifle found in home, police say

A felon from Atwater who has a history of fleeing officers was arrested after a brief foot chase led to him hiding in a horse ranch stall, police said.

Officers with the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit suspected 37-year-old Chad Hosburgh had a firearm at his home on Green Sands Drive in Atwater and performed a probation search at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release.

Hosburgh was most recently convicted of evading a peace officer and was sentenced to four years in prison on June 23, 2017, according to court records. The conviction was a second strike on his criminal records and he was not allowed to possess firearms.

In the Atwater home, officers reportedly found a bolt-action rifle, ammunition and a bullet-proof vest.

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Courtesy Merced Police Department

They later found Hosburgh in a vehicle on Shaffer Road, the release states. But he got out of the car and started fleeing officers.

After a brief on-foot pursuit, officers found Hosburgh hiding in a nearby horse ranch stall.

Hosburgh was arrested and booked into Merced County jail with no bond on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and resisting arrest.

Anyone with information on the alleged crime is being asked to contact Merced GVSU Sgt. Brian Rodriguez at 209-385-4710, or at The Merced Police Department’s tipster line can also be reached at 209-385-4725. Anonymous text message tips can be sent to “TIP411,” or 847411, and include “Comvip” as the text message keyword.