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Video captures exchange in Eloy officer-involved shooting

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Victor Arenas (Source: Family photo) Victor Arenas (Source: Family photo)
Eloy Police Officer Richard Timmes (Source: The Eloy Enterprise) Eloy Police Officer Richard Timmes (Source: The Eloy Enterprise)

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office released video Tuesday of an officer-involved shooting in Eloy on Sunday morning that left one man dead.

The video was taken from Officer Richard Timmes' body camera during an exchange of gunfire between him and the victim, 25-year-old Victor Arenas.

The video indicates the officer was shining his flashlight while walking a neighborhood in the 200 block of W. Sixth Street in search of a burglary suspect or any property that was taken from an Eloy business.

Timmes, in full uniform, was walking down the middle of a public street when he suddenly heard a male voice curse and yell at him for shining his flashlight, said PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney.

The video captures what was said:

Arenas: "What are you doing shining that (bleep) light on my (bleep) house (bleep)."

Timmes: "What are you doing? Put the (bleep) gun down." (shots fired)

Timmes shined his light toward the suspect, Gaffney said. Based on the video, it is Arenas who fires the first shot into the darkness before the officer got his demand out for Arenas to drop the gun.

After that first shot, the officer returns rapid fire. Arenas was hit at least once.

Arenas ran to the rear of the home and collapsed just inside the doorway, PCSO said.

The family yelled for help and the officer ran around to the back of the residence and performed CPR until medical personnel arrived on scene.

Arenas was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

On Sunday, Arenas' fiancee told CBS 5 News her version of what happened.

"Victor kept saying, 'Who is that? What are you doing in my yard? What are you doing in my yard?'" said Gabriella Torres. "No one would answer him whenever he was talking. They turned off the flashlight and Victor told me to go inside. I went inside and all you can here is Victor saying, 'What are you doing in my yard? What are you doing in my yard?"

It's not known what, if anything, took place before the exchange heard on the video. CBS 5 News has put in a public records request for the video leading up to the one released by PCSO. 

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