Merced Gang unit find a rifle at a home in Atwater

On April 10, 2019, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) Officers developed information that convicted felon 37-year-old Chad Hosburgh had a gun at his residence in Atwater.

Hosburgh is a convicted felon and cannot possess any firearms. GVSU and DART officers conducted a probation search of Hosburgh’s home on Green Sands Drive in Atwater.

During the search, officers located a bolt-action rifle, ammunition and a bullet proof vest. GVSU officers located Hosburgh on Shaffer Road where he ditched his vehicle and ran.

A foot chase ensued and officers captured Hosburgh hiding in a horse ranch stall nearby. Hosburgh was arrested and booked at the Merced County Jail for felon in possession of a firearm, ammunition and resisting arrest.

Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) Sgt. Rodriguez at (209) 385-4710 or GVSU@cityofmerced.org or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725.

The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.

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