OSU frat ex-member accused of pulling gun on pledges

Former Oklahoma State student pleads not guilty.
By KYLE HINCHEY Published: September 30, 2013

A former Oklahoma State University student pleaded not guilty to two counts of pointing a firearm with intent to threaten during his arraignment Monday.

Owen Edward Hossack, 22, is a former member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. On Aug. 16, according to an affidavit, he used a loaded handgun to frighten two pledges at an Alpha Gamma Rho pledge initiation.

According to court records, the pledges were told they were being taken to a bonfire initiation event. During the ride to the bonfire, fraternity upperclassmen allegedly yelled at the pledges to stare at their laps, the affidavit states.

The victims told police Hossack aimed the gun at their heads and asked whether they were willing to take a bullet for their fraternity brothers.

Police say the gun was then discharged, shattering the rear window of the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

In a statement, OSU said the university began investigating the incident Sept. 6 and reported it to campus police.

During an interview with OSU police Sept. 11, Hossack said the allegations involving the gun were true. He said he fired the weapon at the window, which he believed to be open, to frighten the pledges.

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