MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Police have decided not to recommend criminal charges against a man who shot a home intruder in Mountlake Terrace in August.
Said B. Osman, 27, of Seattle, was hit in the chest. He has spent months at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Osman is expected to be transferred to long-term medical care, Mountlake Terrace police Cmdr. Doug Hansen said.
Detectives have recommended that Osman be charged with first-degree burglary. In court papers from Nov. 4, they noted that Osman remained on a ventilator, under sedation. Investigators didn’t expect him to be booked into jail anytime soon.
Osman’s co-defendant was Jessica Bride, 19, who is the homeowner’s niece by marriage. She has pleaded guilty to burglary and served a monthlong sentence. Bride spent another night in jail recently on an alleged parole violation, public records show.
She told police that she and Osman had been after her uncle’s guns and planned to rob him, ideally while he was sleeping. They showed up at his house late at night Aug. 30, asking to buy a gun. Osman also requested to use the bathroom, which Bride said was a ruse to make sure a window was open for their return.
The uncle, 57, became uncomfortable with the situation and asked them to leave.
He then retrieved his 9mm pistol for protection. The niece was back at the door two hours later, about 2 a.m. Aug. 31, saying Osman had left her behind. Her uncle asked her to leave again. While they were talking, he heard a commotion in his bedroom, where he kept his gun safe.
He told police Osman was climbing in through a bedroom window and standing on a nightstand.
He opened fire and Osman fell backward out of the window. Osman ran and collapsed in the roadway, according to witnesses. Osman reportedly was wielding a crochet hook during the encounter. A garbage can was propped on its side under the window.
Police allege that his fingerprints were found at the house.