“Local Man Charged with Shooting and Killing Ryan A. Osborn, Injuring Arlene Jane Vega”

By | August 9, 2023

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A local man, Jacob M. Anderson, 21, is facing three felony charges after allegedly shooting and killing a man and injuring another in St. Maries. The incident occurred at a St. Maries Apartment Complex on August 5, and Anderson has been charged with Murder in the Second Degree, felony aggravated assault, and burglary. The victims were identified as Ryan A. Osborn, a family member of Anderson’s who died at the scene, and Arlene Jane Vega, who sustained critical injuries. Anderson is currently in custody with bail set at $750,000. St. Maries Gazette Recored reported

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A local man is facing charges of three serious crimes after allegedly shooting and killing one person and injuring another on Saturday. Jacob M. Anderson, a 21-year-old resident of St. Maries, is being accused of second-degree murder, aggravated assault, and burglary.

The incident took place at a St. Maries Apartment Complex located at 115 North 17th Street, and law enforcement authorities from the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office and St. Maries Police Department were called to the scene around 3 a.m. on August 5.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered two victims. One of them, a 30-year-old man identified as Ryan A. Osborn, was declared dead at the scene. It was later revealed that Osborn was a relative of Anderson. The other victim, a 59-year-old woman named Arlene Jane Vega, suffered critical injuries and was transported to the hospital.

An affidavit submitted by Detective Leslie Lehman of the Idaho State Police sheds light on the events of that night, based on eyewitness and law enforcement statements. The affidavit states that Osborn had multiple gunshot wounds and that residents of the apartment below his reported finding bullet holes in their own apartment.

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An unnamed resident of the complex managed to detain Anderson until law enforcement arrived, having heard the incident. According to St. Maries Police Chief Scott Castles, Anderson resisted arrest and had to be subdued with a taser twice.

Vega, who lived in a neighboring apartment, was discovered by the police with severe injuries to her head and body, including a deep slash from her right jaw to her neck. Chief Castles arranged for her immediate medical attention, and she was taken to Kootenai Medical Center.

During the investigation, Vega revealed that the intruder attempted to shoot her but the firearm malfunctioned. Anderson was subsequently arrested and is currently held at Benewah County Jail, with bail set at $750,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 21, 2023, at 1:30 p.m..