Pinal County man fires at deputies before shooting himself

2013-09-27T10:01:00Z Pinal County man fires at deputies before shooting himselfKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 27, 2013 10:01 am  • 

A Pinal County man on the run from sheriff’s deputies killed himself Tuesday after fleeing into the desert.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday from a woman after her estranged husband violated an order of protection, Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the PCSO, said in a news release.

“The dispatcher could hear a female crying and screaming in the background,” Gaffney said.

The woman told the dispatcher she had an order of protection against her husband, Arciano Corona, 34, and he had just forced his way into her home in the 34000 block of North Jackpot Street, San Tan Valley. Corona had reportedly threatened her with a gun and broken windows in the home.

When a deputy arrived at the home, Corona was standing by a Dodge Dakota truck.

“Corona pointed a sawed off shotgun at the deputy and fired,” Gaffney said. “After shooting, Corona got into his vehicle and a pursuit was initiated. Corona struck a parked car while he was fleeing and continued to shoot at deputies. One Pinal County Sheriff Deputy fired a round at Corona to stop him from shooting.

“Corona continued to flee and drove into a nearby desert area and stopped. Deputies gave verbal commands for him to surrender yet he failed to respond,” Gaffney said. “Using a ballistic shield, deputies approached the vehicle and observed Corona with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

No deputies were injured. Corona’s wife was unharmed.

During the investigation it was determined Corona also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on a probation violations relating to an aggravated assault during a prior domestic violence case, and a warrant for failure to appear in court on an aggravated assault domestic violence case, Gaffney said.

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