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Eloy police officer shoots, kills father of 2

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ELOY, Ariz. - There are new developments surrounding a police officer involved shooting and the family of the man who was killed says the officer never identified himself.

Authorities say the officer was confronted by 25-year-old Victor Arenas, who came out of a home in the 200 block of West 6th Street with a gun.  According to police, the officer and Arenas exchanged words, then gunfire.

Family members tell FOX 10 a different story. They say Arenas saw someone in his yard with a flashlight and thought there was an intruder. When Arenas went outside, family members say the officer never identified himself as a police officer.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office stated, "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. It is also not consistent with the evidence at the scene, the officers description of what occurred nor the 'body camera video' which the officer was wearing at the time of the shooting which captured both video and audio of the entire incident."

Officials say the incident began at 2:34 a.m. when officers responded to a burglary alarm at a nearby business. The owner reported items taken from the outside of the business. At the scene, an officer walked through the neighborhood to search for suspects and the missing property.

According to PCSO, "Officer Timmes was in full uniform when he suddenly heard a male voice curse at him and yell at him for shining his flashlight. Officer Timmes shined his light towards the suspect and saw he was pointing a gun at him. Officer Timmes yelled at the suspect to put the gun down, but instead the suspect shot at the officer from a short distance away."

Authorities say Timmes feared for his safety and immediately fired his handgun at Arenas to stop him from continuing to shot at him. The family yelled for help and the officer performed CPR until medical personnel arrived at the scene. Arenas was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The officer was not injured in the confrontation and has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice. The investigation into the shooting continues.

Arenas leaves behind two children, girls ages 5 and 4.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Law enforcement officers are forced to make split-second judgment decisions in circumstances that are tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving. Unfortunately members of the media and others are quick to second guess their decisions instead of waiting for all of the facts to be known. Officer Timmes is lucky to be alive today and probably only survived due to his training and quick reaction to Arenas who was trying to shoot him. Members of the media and others should get all of the facts before they second guess the life and death realities officers are faced with on a daily basis.”

Eloy Police Chief Bill Pitman said, "The loss of any life is a tragic event. Any member of the public should be able to walk the streets of our community at any time of the day or night and feel safe. I am thankful Officer Timmes training likely saved his own life. Had this been someone other than a trained police officer walking down a public street, we may have been dealing with a much different tragedy. I wish to thank Sheriff Babeu and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office for its quick and professional response in bringing the truth of this matter to light.”
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