Man dead after gun battle with deputies

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SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- A man is dead after a gunfight with deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

He has been identified as Arciano Corona, 34, according to PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney.

The rolling gun battle started at a home in San Tan Valley where Corona and his wife were in some type of altercation.

"He pulled out his gun and shot at the cops as they were coming down the street," said one man who witnessed the violence but didn't want to be identified because his family knew Corona. "He was saying that the cops were going to kill him and that was when my dad was like, 'well don't do anything stupid, stay here and turn yourself in."'

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a residence in the 34000 block of North Jackpot Street just after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The dispatcher could hear a female crying and screaming in the background. The female caller reported she had an Order of Protection on her husband, Corona. Corona broke into the home through the front door. He threatened his wife with a gun and he was breaking windows in the house.

As a deputy arrived in the area, Corona was seen standing by a Dodge Dakota truck. He pointed a sawed-off shotgun at the deputy and fired.

After shooting, Corona got into his vehicle and deputies followed.

Corona struck a parked car while he was fleeing and continued to shoot at deputies. One Pinal County sheriff's deputy fired a round at Corona to stop him from shooting.

Corona eventually drove out into the desert where he stopped his truck.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said when deputies pulled up they approached the truck with ballistics shields yelling orders.  When they didn't receive a response they looked into the truck and found Corona with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No deputies were injured.

Gaffney said Corona had outstanding warrants for probation violations. He was arrested for aggravated assault during a prior domestic violence case.