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Arizona Man Faces Charges After Vegas Road Melee

LAS VEGAS  -- An Arizona man who opened fire at police and passing motorists on a bustling Las Vegas highway last week allegedly beat his pregnant girlfriend before shooting at her with a shotgun.

A criminal complaint released Tuesday states 29-year-old Jose Castro will face charges of absentia on attempted murder with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

Police say Castro and his girlfriend, Beatriz Calleros, were driving with two of Castro's cousins on Interstate 15 when Castro became violent.

Calleros told police she was two months pregnant with Castro's child when he kicked her in the stomach. He then pulled out his shotgun.

Castro, of the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, was shot by a police officer during the Thursday afternoon melee.

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