AK-47-Wielding Suspect Shot by Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy Dies -- and Joe Arpaio's Holding a Press Conference. Something's Up

A Mesa man who was shot by police after he pointed an AK-47 at a Maricopa County sheriff's deputy on Friday has died, the Sheriff's Office announced this afternoon.

Felipe Ramirez Castellanos, 47, was shot by the deputy about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, after deputies responded to a shots fired call in the area of 9100 East Crescent Avenue in Mesa.

Castellanos had a fight with his girlfriend before hopping in his car and driving off. As he was leaving his house, the MCSO says, Castellanos fired several shots from his vehicle in an unknown direction.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they located Castellanos who then pointed an AK-47 at the deputy in a "threatening manner," the MCSO says.

A sheriff's deputy responded to the apparent threat by pulling out his pistol and shooting Castellanos in the head and hip.

Castellanos was taken to an area hospital where he died this morning.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has called a news conference to discuss "new important details of the case."

New Times will be at the press conference, which is scheduled for 3 p.m. Check back to Valley Fever later today for an update.  

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