On February 20, 2018, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 30000 block of Mary Helen Lane in Leonardtown, for a report of shots fired into a residence.  Upon arrival, deputies discerned there were numerous occupants in the residence, and one victim had been directly fired at, however the victim was uninjured.  A description of the suspect to include clothing worn was disseminated to responding deputies.  It was also discovered the victim’s vehicle had been intentionally damaged with spray paint and other corrosive materials.

Responding officers located Nicholas Bruce Osborne, age 18, of California, on foot in the area, after locating his abandoned vehicle.  Osborne was wearing clothing which matched the description disseminated, and Osborne also had the same color spray paint used to damage the victim’s car on his person.  Contact with witnesses in the area revealed Osborne was in a neighboring yard, following the shooting.  Subsequently, a search of the area revealed a handgun concealed in the same vicinity.  Osborne was found to be in possession of a significant quantity of a controlled dangerous substance and other prohibited firearms related items.

Osborne was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with the following criminal violations:

  • Assault 1st Degree (3counts)
  • CDS Distribution with a Firearm
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics
  • Dangerous Weapon-Conceal
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Handgun on Person
  • Malicious Destruction of Property (2 Counts)

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Mugshot courtesy the Public Information Officer for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department