ELOY, AZ - Authorities are investigating a weekend shooting that involved an Eloy police officer and resulted in the death of a 25-year-old man.
The family of the victim, identified as Victor Luis Arenas, is now questioning the officer's actions. The Pinal County Sheriff's Office released video Tuesday from the officer's chest camera to help clarify what happened during the shooting.
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Tim Gaffney, spokesman for PCSO, said Officer Richard Timmes with the Eloy Police Department responded to a burglary call around 4 a.m. Sunday near Sixth and Frontier streets in Eloy, Ariz.
A business owner reportely told police that items appeared to have been taken from outside his business, according to Gaffney.
Timmes was searching for possible suspects in a nearby area using a flashlight when a male individual, later discovered to be Arenas, began yelling and cursing at the officer, according to a PCSO press release.
The officer shined his flashlight onto the male subject, who was pointing a gun at the officer, according to Gaffney. Police said the man ignored the officer's instructions to put down his weapon and then fired at the officer.
Timmes, who has 3 1/2 years in law enforcement, returned fire striking the victim, according to PCSO. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased, said Gaffney.
The victim's family claims the 25-year-old was simply protecting his property. They also said the officer never identified himself.
"Why does he have to identify himself? If people can't walk down the middle of our streets regardless of the day or night without being shot at by somebody. I don't quite understand that," said Eloy Police Chief William Pitman.
"If you want to stand there and identify yourself while you’re being shot at, we strongly do not suggest that," Pitman said.
"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, told ABC15 on Sunday.
"While we understand the family of Arenas is grieving his loss, their account of what occurred as they describe it to the media is not consistent with what they told investigators in recorded interviews on the day of the shooting," PCSO said in a statement released Tuesday.