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Phoenix police have arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with the fatal shooting of a tow-truck driver on Friday night.
Billy Wayne West Jr. was being held Monday in a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. His bond was set at $750,000.
Police said 26-year-old Alfredo Palencia was in the process of towing a vehicle from an apartment complex near 32nd and Hubbell streets Friday night when he was shot dead. The shooter fled the scene.
An anonymous caller reported to police that they had heard a verbal argument between five people near the entrance of the apartment complex.
The caller also stated that they believed the argument was over a vehicle being towed and reported hearing one gunshot.
During the investigation, police said they located surveillance camera footage capturing a woman walking down a stairwell with West following behind.
The footage shows West removing a handgun from his waistband with his right hand and then aiming the weapon at the driver’s side of the tow truck, according to police.
When the tow truck stops, West is shown behind the truck trying to work the controls and release the Ford Expedition that Palencia had been towing, police said.
According to police Sgt. Jonathan Howard, the vehicle belonged to a friend that West had been partying with that night.
Police records show that two of West’s children stated to police that they were at a birthday party for a family member when the tow truck showed up for the white Ford Expedition. Both children said they witnessed West shoot the driver in the head and then leave the area, according to police records.
West later agreed to meet with investigators. Police records show he claimed to have been drinking and did not remember anything from the night before.
West’s first court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 16, 2017.
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