PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A security guard is accused of shooting and killing a man in Phoenix early Sunday morning, then lying to police about what happened.

The shooting happened just after 1:30 a.m. near 27th Avenue and Bethany Home Road at Club Silverado. When officers arrived, they found a man who had been shot. The man, identified as 29-year-old Ruben Sekiseka, died at the scene.

Serafin Chavez

Investigators say 34-year old Serafin Chavez was working as an armed security guard and had been escorting Sekisaka out after breaking up an alleged bar fight. According to court paperwork, Chavez first told investigators that Sekiska shot himself while trying to run away and tripped. But during the investigation, detectives learned that Chavez had allegedly shot Sekisaka. Another security guard was outside helping escort other people out of the bar and told police that he saw Sekiseka holding a gun and pointing it at people near the bar. The guard said he and Chavez both pulled out their guns, and afterward, Sekisaka put the gun away into his waistband and began to walk away.

According to the security guard, Chavez pushed Sekisaka two times in the side as he walked away. Sekisaka turned and ran north, and that's when he says Chavez shot him in the back. Another witness told detectives that they saw a security guard shoot Sekiseka in the back as he walked away from that bar. 

Surveillance video from the club confirmed what the security guard and a witness told police, according to police paperwork. It also showed Chavez picking something up from the trunk lid or rear window area of a gray car and walking away. Police say Chavez hid the expended bullet casing from his gun before officers arrived.

Arizona's Family also obtained a copy of the surveillance footage, which shows Sekisaka pointing a gun in the air and then running away to the back of the parking lot where Chavez shined a flashlight and then shot Sekisaka. 

When detectives confronted Chavez about the video and hiding evidence, he admitted to picking up the casing and putting it on the lid of a trash can in front of the convenience store north of the club. He said he did this because "he was told to hide evidence of a shooting by the person who taught him to shoot" and that he was scared and didn't want to go to prison.

Chavez was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail. Chavez faces charges of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

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