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Man in alleged prowler shooting case pleads not guilty to murder

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Iosif Dumitrash Iosif Dumitrash

A man charged with murder for the shooting death of an alleged prowler outside a Vancouver home has pleaded not guilty.

Sean Doucette, 27, is charged with second-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Tuesday and is now scheduled to face trial May 13.

He was arrested after an altercation with 19-year-old Iosif Dumitrash in the early morning hours Jan. 29.

A defense attorney said Doucette had just come home from work around 4 a.m. when he heard a car alarm go off across the street. Doucette told his wife to call 911 while he went to try to contain the suspected prowler, the attorney said.

Doucette has been an employee with First Response Inc. for four years and has worked as an armed guard for one year.

The security services company said he owns his own weapon.

Witnesses told detectives a fight ensued between the men and after falling to the ground, the men separated and Dumitrash "began to walk away," according to investigators.

That's when Doucette shot and killed him, according to court documents.

Doucette's wife described the scene differently to 911 dispatchers.

"My husband was talking to him in the street and he just charged at my husband," Doucette's wife said in the 911 call. "And my husband is a security guard and he just got home from work. And he pulled his gun. And the guy said something, and my husband said, 'Get down on the ground, stop,' and the guy just charged at him."

Police records show Doucette does not have any prior arrests in either Oregon or Washington.

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