Louie Puroll Shooting Case Reopened by Pinal County Sheriff's Office

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We heard a few hours ago from Tim Gaffney, the able public information officer for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

 

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​He tells us that his agency has decided to reopen the remarkable case involving Deputy Louie Puroll (in photo), which we wrote about in a piece entitled "Pinalcchio," currently on newstands around the Valley and, of course, on this Web site.

 Here is a copy of the news release that Mr. Gaffney has sent us.

 

Apparently, the bloody teeshirt the deputy was wearing when he sustained a grazing gunshot wound to his left flank on the afternoon of April 30, 2010, will now be sent up to the Arizona Department of Public Safety for analysis.

"If in fact a rifle was fired at Deputy Puroll within a few inches as Dr.Baden and Dr. Spitz have concluded, burn marks and residue will be present on the shirt," the release concludes.

Not necessarily, as we will explain in more detail in future blogs and/or a follow-up story.

But here's food for thought:

There's no telling if the deputy was wearing another shirt (probably a long-sleeved, per department regulations, while patrolling in the desert) over the teeshirt when the shooting occurred,

Photos of Deputy Puroll taken after the incident show no scratches, bruises, cuts, or even dirt marks on either of his arms. Forensics experts tell us that there surely would have been some sign of minor injuries to his exposed arms based on Puroll's own account to detectives of almost constantly moving, crawling, staying low, and generally hunkering down in the Vekol Valley desert for more than an hour after calling 911.

Yet we are encouraged that the county agency -- which was cooperative with us during our months-long investigation into the case (short of allowing the Puroll to do a sitdown with us) -- is doing this.

 

 

 

 

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Jbgoldcanyon
Jbgoldcanyon

Did the "experts" consider that the wounds in question were treated with betadine prior to the photos being taken? If you do the research you will see that treating a wound with betadine will cause the blackening that is creating speculation that this is a point blank shot. If the Deputy had used his .223 to shoot himself, it would have blown a chunck out of his side the size of a basketball, (I have personally seen a point blank .223 gunshot.) There are things wrong with this case but it's not Deputy Puroll or his statements. What is wrong is how he is being "arm chair quaterbacked." Maybe he shouldn't have been in the desert alone, but at this time it was not uncommon for Pinal County Deputies to be alone in that area, it has been that way for years. There is and has long been a smuggling problem in that area. I'm glad to see the attention to this very REAL and serious problem but saddened that it is at the expense of such a good person. Louie has risked his life to help so many people in his career and this is how he is repaid. Has anyone considered what this is doing to him and his family? I am glad Sheriff Babeu is standing behind this Deputy, he should unless wrongdoing is found. Based on this Sheriff's track record and apparent higher political aspirations, he would drop this guy like a hot potatoe if there was any doubt he was not completely honest.

Pat Lynch
Pat Lynch

I think the deputy might have shot himself, but there is still an illegal immigration problem in this country. Pinal County is still a drug corridor, and Rob Krentz was murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien.

Guest
Guest

First, The Pinal County sheriff is no more, no less than a less experienced (in several areas, personally and professionally) version of Arapio. He is trying very hard to stay in the lime light at every turn. I am surprised the red necks of Pinal County embrace this openly gay sheriff, they are really impuning the reputation of all good red necks. And Tim Gaffney is a perfect mouthpiece for this bald headed wonder boy.

FtHuachuca Hosp, 1962
FtHuachuca Hosp, 1962

Congrats to th New Times in getting this case reopened. The story told by the deputy stinks from 500 mies away.This old Army medic saw a picture of a wound that appeared to be almost point-blank.Where was his long sleeve unifrom shirt? Anyone experienced with the Sonoran Desert would wear such apparel as protection from the sun.If there was a firefight, why was his back turned to the enemy?If he was never closer than 25 yards from the subject, if they actually existed, how did he know what was in their packs? Too many holes in his story as it stands.

Rhonda_contreras
Rhonda_contreras

thanks for someone else finding this whole story hard to swallow,to many things didnt add up !glad someone had the balls to check into it,it will all come out now!

Guest
Guest

I keep wondering what the motivation was. I am not really sure I can buy into the idea that the upper staff planned this. Did he plan this alone? Was this a drug deal between 2 cops that went bad? Maybe he and Babeu were lovers and he wanted to help his SO out?

I don't know. I do know something isn't right and there is a cover up. I just am not sure I am ready to believe it was a politically motivated conspiracy.

Tina
Tina

To my knowledge that has not been determined, "that Rob was murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien." I've got a friend who brought the Rob Krentz topic up with me about a week ago. He (the friend) has apparently read more about the Krenzes than I have. He strongly believes that RK's murder was NOT committed by an illegal alien, saying, why would someone like Krentz, who was always good to the illegals/trespassers on his vast property with no history of any kind of confrontation, be a target by one of them for murder?

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