Expert says officer was justified in killing man

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by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on May 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 11:31 AM

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PHOENIX -- Authorities say an Eloy, Ariz. police officer was justified in shooting and killing a man on Sunday while investigating a burglary.

The family of 25-year-old Victor Arenas says the video from Officer Richard Timmes's uniform camera say Arenas would still be alive if Timmes would have identified himself as a police officer.

"With all due respect the dead guy did everything wrong. The police officer was trying to do everything right," said crime analyst CW Jensen.

Jensen is a former police officer. He is not involved in the case but watched the video and said the officer's actions were appropriate.

"The other guy without knowing who the hell he's shooting at fires at somebody not in his domicile," said Jensen.

A frame-by-frame look at the video shows that Arenas fired first. Then the officer shoots back, firing his gun at least eight times.

"The number of rounds is totally irrelevant. Did he have absolute reason to shoot that cat after he got shot at? Absolutely, he could have shot him 150 times," said Jensen.

Arenas's family blames the officer for not identifying himself in the dark.

"The cop should have said who he was. Victor would have never shot at him if he knew it was a cop. He would have never done it," said Arenas's sister-in-law, Lori Silva-Arenas.

"If he would have just said he was Eloy PD he wouldn't have done anything," said Arenas's niece, Jessah Guzman.

Jensen said the officer did nothing wrong.

"Just because you don't know who someone is doesn't mean you get to shoot him, outside, not a danger to you at all." said Jensen. "If I was in that situation I would have done the absolute same thing."

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