HARRAH — The man shot Friday afternoon in Harrah remained hospitalized Saturday, while investigators have decided to ask for assault charges against his 18-year-old nephew, whom they suspect pulled the trigger because of a jilted “intimate relationship.”
Robert Ocampo Ursino, 26, was in critical condition Saturday afternoon at Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center.
Yakima County Sheriff’s detectives said Ursino was repeatedly shot Friday at his home on Washington Street, about one block east of Harrah Elementary. Family members first told deputies the nephew accidentally shot Ursino.
However, investigators now suspect the two men, who both lived in the home, had developed an “intimate relationship” and the younger one fired out of frustration when his uncle wanted to cut it off, according to a news release today from Sgt. Mike Russell.
The young suspect is the one who called 911 about 1:15 p.m. Friday and told deputies he accidentally shot his uncle while trying to commit suicide, Russell said.
He was detained Friday afternoon for questioning and booked into the Yakima County jail later that night. Deputies plan to ask prosecutors to charge him with first-degree assault, Russell said. His bail was listed as $1 million in the jail inmate log.
The investigation will continue, Russell said.