PASCO, WA - NBC Right Now is digging deeper into a shooting death that happened early Friday morning in west Pasco.
According to police, a homeowner shot and killed a man he thought was trying to break in. The dead man's family has a different version of the story. They say they had returned to Stephan Aceves's stepbrother's home after some drinks at Applebees and wanted to drink more. They think Aceves went out for a smoke break under the influence, got confused and knocked on the wrong door. Only continuing to pound on it when he thought his stepbrother was playing a joke on him. That is only one version of the story.
Police are offering up barely any details right now as they are still investigating this incident. Only Aceves could really say what he was thinking as he knocked on the front door, but that is a story we will likely never hear.
"Nobody that's going to break into a house knocks on a door, so that doesn't make sense," said his father Alfredo Aceves.
While other media outlets say Aceves was on the front steps, police have clearly stated he was in the home when he was shot. He is also being called a home intruder, but that is not confirmed. Police call him an alleged intruder because it is not yet clear what Aceves was doing at the home where he died.
"I just don't want this community or this area here to think that my son was some bad person because he was not," said Alfredo. As his father it makes sense that Aceves would think that about his son. While Stephan has now been labeled as "drunk" in other media reports, the county coroner tells us toxicology reports wont return for weeks.
"There's so many houses in this neighborhood that have the same identical floor plan and he was just confused," said Anna Marie Bush, Aceves' step sister in law who lives in the home he was visiting.
His family says he was drinking. The houses around Savary Drive do look similar and that could have lead to some sort of confusion, but no one knows for sure.
"He had a job, he didn't have a criminal record," said Bush. That is something police can agree with. Pasco officers tell NBC Right Now that they have not had any previous encounter with Aceves. We were also the first to confirm with officers that there were not any obvious or visible weapons on him.
"I just know he got confused and this is a terrible terrible mistake," said Bush.
When we were at the house Sunday night the family drew messages to Stephan in chalk on the sidewalk in front of the house where he was killed. When we spoke with the homeowner Monday he was angry. He says he washed the messages from the sidewalk in the morning. The family plans to continue to memorialize Aceves, stating that they want "justice". An autopsy will be performed tomorrow and we will bring you more details as soon as we get it.