Police: Homeowner grabs gun, takes down intruder

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Roseburg police say a 68-year-old homeowner grabbed a gun and confronted an intruder on Thursday, and was eventually able to hold the suspect down until police arrived.

Police were called to a residence in the 800 block of Esperanza on Thursday just before 2:30 p.m.

Authorities say that Michael Lee Hatton, 27, a local area transient, broke into the residence through a bathroom window.

Police say the 68-year-old homeowner confronted Hatton with a handgun.

Officials say Hatton started to fight with the man over the gun, but during the struggle the homeowner threw the handgun out of reach.

Officers say that Hatton also disabled a phone that the homeowner was using to call 911.

The man eventually pinned Hatton down and held him there until police officers arrived.

Police say Hatton then fought with officers and refused to be taken into custody. After a brief struggle with police, they say they were able to get him handcuffed.

Hatton received medical treatment at the scene for minor injuries he sustained during the struggle with the homeowner and officers. Neither the man or the officers involved were injured.

Officers say they learned that Hatton also had a felony warrant for his arrest issued by the Oregon State Parole Board for absconding.

Hatton was taken to the Douglas County Jail and lodged on charges of first degree burglary, second degree theft, resisting arrest and interfering with a report, among other charges.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Web site, Hatton is not eligible for bail.