Homeowner holds gun on man until police arrive

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 14, 2008

COURTLAND—An Ivor resident who returned home early one day last week was able to help police apprehend a man who had broken into at least two homes along Holloman Drive.

When he got home last Tuesday and found a man ransacking his house, the burglary victim grabbed a shotgun, confronted the man and held him at bay until police could arrive on the scene.

When they got there, they found that the man, 35-year-old Christopher Michael Hosking, who is listed as “homeless” in court records, was in possession of a handgun that had been stolen from another house nearby, along with cash that had been taken from the second victim’s home, according to Detective Cpl. Richard Morris of the Southampton Sheriff’s Office.

Hosking was charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and first-offense possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Morris said the man also has criminal charges pending in South Carolina.

At least four members of the Sheriff’s Department responded to the early afternoon call. Deputies Doug Ottmers, Robert Busching and J.B. Stutts joined Sheriff Vernie W. Francis Jr. at the scene, Morris said Tuesday.