Joe Arpaio Holds Press Conference to Announce Man Fatally Shot by Deputy Was Illegal Immigrant

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants to make sure the public knows one of his deputies offed an illegal immigrant last week
With much of the local media focused on the tragedy in Tucson, it seems somebody feels a little left out.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio held a press conference Monday to announce what was billed as "new important information" regarding the case of a man fatally shot by one of his deputies last week. Arpaio's "important information," we've come to find out, is that the man killed was an illegal immigrant.

Felipe Ramirez Castellanos, 43, was shot by a sheriff's deputy in the head and hip Friday night after he aimed an AK-47 at the deputy. Castellanos died early Monday morning at the Maricopa County Medical Center.

Sheriff's deputies responded to Castellanos' home on the 9100 block of East Crescent Drive in Mesa around 10:30 p.m. Friday, after neighbors reported he'd had an argument with his wife and fired several rounds from a handgun as he drove away.

Upon returning to his house a few minutes later, Castellanos grabbed his AK-47 and began to back out of his driveway before being contacted by deputies.

When Castellanos pulled out the AK-47 and pointed it at one of the deputies, he was gunned down by a 25 or 26-year-old sheriff's deputy who "could've saved many lives," Arpaio says.

Arpaio thinks Castellanos was up to something though, as deputies recovered a total of 120 bullets and a bowie knife -- in addition to the guns -- from his vehicle.

"We still don't know what he was doing. I'm sure he wasn't going hunting." Arpaio says. "You know where I'm going with this too, with the tragedy in Tucson."

When asked whether Castellanos was mentally ill, Arpaio says, "he sure looked like he was crazy during that altercation."

Arpaio says the shooting, which stemmed from an argument between Castellanos and his wife over drugs, wasn't his first run-in with law enforcement.

First arrested by an unnamed federal agency in 1986 for human smuggling, Castellanos was deported and later re-entered the country on a work visa in 1997, Arpaio says.

His visa expired in 2001, and was denied an extension due to his criminal history. However, after being picked up during a traffic stop in April 2010, Castellanos was turned over to ICE, but escaped deportation thanks to an administrative judge, Arpaio says.

"He was ready for some type of action," Apraio says. "Was he going to kill a law enforcement officer? If we didn't shoot this guy, what would've happened?"


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Whodat
Whodat

what they arent saying that he settled out of court with the family for almost a million dollars

pissonpearce
pissonpearce

Was there anyone at the Press confrence? People like Apio, Russel Pearce, Brewer, Andrew Thomas.. they are the reason their is a lot of tension in this State right now. The Shootings in Tucson just put a spotlight on what we have know for a while. There is a lot of Bigot, Racist poloticians running this State right now. I am Suprised more shootings haven't happened. At the Memorial in Tucson where the President and Brewer were present, I was so glad the first Speaker was a MEXICAN\ YAQUI.. how did you like that Pearce??

Clarity
Clarity

What was it that Sheriff Dupnick said recently about people spreadingvitriolic rhetoric?

The motives for this press conference are so clear it's sad.

I guess what the sheriff is trying to say here is "Look I'm a hero too!".This self serving press conference is just the Sheriff's way ofgetting his much needed media fix.

And he has still failed to even show any type of empathy for the actualvictims of the Tucson tragedy! Has anyone actually heard him even sayhe was sorry about what happened to all those poor folks?

Does anyone see any similarities here, or is it just me?

Loughner, not showing any signs of empathy or emotion for hishorrible acts.Sheriff Arpaio, not showing any signs of empathy for any of thepeople who die on his watch, in his jail etc...

It would appear to me they both suffer from the same sociopathicmindset and are both quite obviously, very troubled people.

The only difference with Sheriff Arpaio is, he is in a muchbetter position to hide his crimes.

And he hides his crimes by pointing the finger at others withoutrageous, bogus and frivolous criminal prosecutions whichhave no merit by Federal standards, or any legal standardsfor that matter.

I don't think the Sheriff realizes that one can only blowsmoke for so long before it becomes perfectly clear.

I find it quite remarkable that the Sheriff finds time to travelacross the country spreading his vile rhetoric, but does not findthe time to attend any of the memorial services for the victimsof Tucson, not even once.

I guess the fact that so many Feds are in Tucson at the moment,makes it a hostile environment for the Sheriff. The Sheriff wouldbe scared to death attending any event where so many Federalauthorities were in attendance!

One only fears authority if they have something to hide.

The fact that the Sheriff is still blowing smoke screens, is avoidingFederal authorities in Tucson and is attempting to play the hero cardso strongly, clearly suggests to me that he has alot to hide!

david saint
david saint

I would like to hear Joe's response to the news about Turf paradise, one of his biggest campaign contributors, knowingly hiring Illegals, and his abuse of power when he threatened the State Racing Commission back in 07 for not licensing said illegals.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

From the article:

"He was ready for some type of action," Apraio says. "Was he going to kill a law enforcement officer? If we didn't shoot this guy, what would've happened?"

I don't like this statement. All Arpaio has is the potential of numerous rounds being fired. That does not portend a massacre without intent. He was ready for some type of action without a doubt. Was that action shooting cans in the desert or killing a LE officer or maybe several people. We don't know, but there does not seem to much that points at motive or intent in the news released.

Speculation that he may have been going to kill a LE officer or massacre numerous people is just that, speculation at this point. Granted, the initial reports claim he pointed his weapon at a deputy. That is a capital offense on the street and he got his reward if the reports are accurate.

But when Arpaio says, "If we didn't shoot this guy, what would have happened?" he is exploiting the unknown coupled with the Tucson memory to make MCSO seem more important. This sort of thing happens quite often and is rarely the subject of full blown press conferences. In such a situation, the mission of LE is to stop the guy, not kill him. If killing him is what it takes in the face of threat to life, then that is fine. The idiot rolled the dice. Would the potential consequences on society be any less if the man had not pointed the rifle at the deputy and had instead driven off? Would that warrant shooting the guy? Of course not. But you sure as heck don't want him to get away or be out of view because of the position. The mission is to stop him, just as it was when the guy pointed the rifle at the deputy. Force should be appropriate to the then-present threat. I believe that Arpaio's statement should have been "If we didn't stop this guy..."

Based on the deputy statements, it seems like a clean shoot. However Stacy notes that witnesses may have painted another version as noted on Univision. As Chad notes, MCSO internal affairs will get to the bottom of it. :-)

Chris In Tempe
Chris In Tempe

While Joe is a showboating asshat of the worst sort and deserves to be in a prison cell himself, I have yet to hear why this police shooting was in any way wrong. A criminal pointed a rifle at a law enforcement officer and died for the error. Tough day all around, but an appropriate outcome.

Coz
Coz

Ahhh, poor Bozo Joe, are you feeling a little bit left out that your not getting any attention ?

Rob
Rob

Since it happened in the US, he was simply exercising the rights permitted under the 2nd Amendment.

Why is Joe "sure" he wasn't going hunting? People hunt all the time with AK's, right?

If it wasn't his first run in, why was the guy out loose and why hadn't Arpaio done anything about him?

Anything sound familiar?

Makes it sound like this is the first person ever caught in Maricopa County with an AK and ammo....

Stacy
Stacy

Folks, don't believe the hype. I read all the stories on all the news websites. They all have Arpaio's version of how things went down. Univision just did the story and interviewed one of the neighbors who gives a different version of how things went down. Very inconsistent to what Arpaio says... I believe this requires further investigation.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Don't be so cynical, Matthew. A full and fair investigation of this shooting will be conducted by MCSO internal affairs, I'm sure.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

He is trying to imply that: - Illegal aliens are causing the crime. True, they do cause crime, but not all of it.- That his deputy prevented a Tucson tragedy- Hey! Look at Me! I am still relevant here.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

You have to give him credit, he comes off as an idiot but he's somehow convinced millions of Americans that he really is a great hero worthy of all of our praise. None of his followers seem to think he's in any way whoring himself out. There's got to be a genius underneath that tubby, flaccid exterior.

Ex-Arizonan
Ex-Arizonan

My favorite part of this article is the photo caption.

tr7fan
tr7fan

big wuppie they say on tv the guy had 60 rds. i shoot more than that when i go target practicing. i think sheriff joes deputies need to be a little slower to shoot people. granted the man pointed the rifle never fired tho. if hed been serious hed have shot before they shot him i guess no ones ever heard of tear gas or taking cover to see what the person REALLY DOES i guess no ones ever heard of taking cover and waiting to see what the guy does. it was REALLYY STUPID THO to point a rifle at law enforcement

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

I'm guessing there is something in the actual event that Joke doesn't want known, and this is his way for talking the first move by letting the world know he was an illegal.

Or Joke is just mad that he hasn't been getting any TV face time....

Gunfighter
Gunfighter

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies shoot straighter and better than Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's. Babeu's deputy had a machine gun and couldn't hit shit when he fired off 30 rounds at an illegal alien.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

Clarity, I have to disagree with you on one point. 'One only fears authority if they have something to hide. " One REALLY fears authority if it is really tyranny in disguise.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

The mantra for the regressive right should be "Do as I say, not as I do" Oxy-Rush and Yosemite Joe are prime examples.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I should note that witnesses rarely see the same or tell exactly the same story. Further, witnesses in this particular neighborhood may rationally be biased against MCSO and may try to blame the shoot on MCSO unfairly. It will depend on what physical evidence supports whose story here. Based on what little I have seen (virtually none of it actual evidence), I would bet on the deputy's version, but not beyond a reasonable doubt.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Funniest post of the month! The Henderblimp will be taken off leave to conduct it!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Pointing a firearm at LE is practically a death sentence or a suicide request. It is nuts to think that the deputy would not have fired or to even speculate that he should not have fired in the circumstances as reported. Once the bad guy discharges his weapon, that bullet has a home already. You can't let him fire if at all possible.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Joke did throw in the "he sure looked like he was crazy during that altercation."'.....

This is his tie to Tuscon. He can now claim he got "the next nut with lots of ammo off the street. Fox Noise will love it.

Rob
Rob

Correction..4 Illegal Aliens.

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