1 killed in officer-involved shooting in Eloy

ELOY, AZ - One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Eloy overnight.

Authorities say an officer responded to a burglary call at a business near 6th and Frontier streets around 4 a.m.

While investigating, a man who has been identified as 25-year-old Victor Arenas came out of a home with a gun, according to Eloy police Sgt. Brian Jerome.

Jerome says there was an exchange of words between Arenas and the officer, followed by an exchange of gunfire.

Arenas was struck by at least one bullet.

Jerome said Arenas ran around to the rear of the home and was found just inside the back door, collapsed on the ground.

Jerome said the officer performed CPR on Arenas until paramedics arrived. The father of two was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The officer was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave, standard after any officer-involved shooting, Jerome said.

The family of Victor Arenas said he had nothing to do with the burglary and was just protecting his property.

"For the cops to come and do this to him in his own yard, its just senseless, it just hurts really bad," Victor's mother, Susie Escalante, said.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is assisting in the investigation.

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