A Connell teen pleaded innocent Tuesday to allegations he fatally shot a Pasco man at the front door of an apartment.
Fernando Gonzalez, 18, is scheduled for trial Oct. 15 in Franklin County Superior Court on one count of second-degree murder.
He is charged in the Aug. 11 death of John Bounhomsavanh.
Gonzalez claims he was interrupting a burglary when he shot the 32-year-old victim.
Gonzalez said he was inside an apartment at 114 E. Birch St. in Connell, and happened to be near the front door when Bounhomsavanh and his two friends knocked, the door flew open and the three men rushed in, according to court documents.
Gonzalez said he hit one man on the neck and shot another.
Bounhomsavanh died of a gunshot wound to his chest. The bullet reportedly went into one arm, through his chest and out the other arm.
His friends, Jose Eduardo Carcamo, 25, and Samelanxay Johnny Vongvilay, 23, each are charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a gun. They also face Oct. 15 trial dates after pleading innocent.
Authorities said the two Pasco men had a .22-caliber rifle in the trunk of their vehicle at the time of the confrontation, documents said. It does not appear that the rifle was used in the shooting.
An agitated and emotional Vongvilay called 911 to report that his "homie" had just been shot.
A .45-caliber pistol was found inside the apartment after Gonzalez allegedly told investigators he hid it inside a bag.
Gonzalez lives elsewhere in Connell but was staying at the apartment, Connell Police Chief Chris Turner has said. The apartment residents weren't home at the time.
Turner and Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant said Monday that the exact motive for the shooting is still under investigation.