Pinal County Deputy’s version of desert shooting being questioned
PHOENIX - Two nationally known forensic pathologists are questioning a sheriff deputy’s version of how he was shot in the remote desert south of Phoenix, adding to theories that the incident was a hoax timed to inflame the debate over illegal immigration.
Pinal County Deputy Louie Puroll told investigators he was following a group of smugglers carrying bales of marijuana on April 30 when he was ambushed by men firing AK-47 rifles. In what Puroll described as a running gunbattle, he said he was grazed by a bullet in the back.
The pathologists, Dr. Michael Baden of New York and Dr. Werner Spitz of suburban Detroit, examined photos of the wound released by the Sheriff’s Office. They told The Associated Press on Friday they concluded the bullet was fired from inches away, not at least 25 yards as Puroll said.
Their opinion was first reported by the Phoenix New Times.
This could be big. The sheriff of Pinal County, Paul Babeu, is “the new Arpaio”, so it would be nice to take him down a peg or two before he becomes another full-blown Arpaio.
The article at The Phoenix New Times is quite long and detailed. Here’s a link to it.