KPHO Goes After Wife of Phoenix Officer Who Witnessed Police Shooting of Unarmed Man

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KPHO ran story last night about the criminal history of the wife of the cop who witnessed Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman allegedly go berserk in a Phoenix trailer earlier this month, ultimately killing a dog and an unarmed man.

That officer, Sergio Vergillo, was heralded by many as a hero for breaking through the blue wall of silence and implicating another officer for wrongfully killing an unarmed man.

Check out his account of what happened here.

At first glance, we thought it was a bit tacky to go after the wife of the hero officer. Then we read what she did.

According to court documents first dug up by KPHO, Vergillo's wife, Maria Vergillo, was one of four people indicted in a 2008 drug-smuggling operation that trafficked meth and cocaine.

Aside from the obvious problem of a police officer's wife being involved in a drug smuggling operation, it was what Officer Vergillo was doing at the time that KPHO says calls his judgment into question.

Vergillo, at the time, was a detective in the Phoenix P.D.'s Drug Enforcement Bureau. The indictment against the officer's wife says Maria Vergillo would take information about undercover operations she gathered from her detective husband, and hand it over to her drug-dealing brother, who was an "intricate member" of the drug smuggling operation.

As far as we know, Officer Vergillo wasn't involved in the drug-smuggling ring but the news that his wife was involved in a smuggling ring is likely to be used as ammo by Chrisman's attorney to call Vergillo's account of what happened into question.

Maria Vergillo was eventually sentenced to three years probation for her role in the smuggling operation.

Check out the KPHO story here.
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Motor2
Motor2

Was Chrisman, in any way, involved with the investigation/arrest/trial of Vergillo's wife ?? Why were Vergillo and Chrisman at the Rodriguez home together? I thought I read somewhere that Chrisman was there to back-up Vergillo at Vegillo's request ?Just some thoughts Motor2

O C D Sara
O C D Sara

This story has just as much to do with this investigation as Richards "Brady list" They want to drag dirty shit on him, then play fair, Vergillo's wife trafficing drugs! Only getting probation..hum tell me thats not crooked, especially when Vergillo was in drug enforcement. Fishy huh? Richard on the other hand did something totally disgusting to that woman, got in trouble, accepted responsibility. 1 dumbass move does not make you a killer, just a jerk. But how is it possible to take Vergillo's word, he HAD to have known about his wife, and if not he is not a very good drug enforcement detective. Vergillo is a lying douche! Richard will be free of ALL charges! I will be at the court house Thursday as part of a protest FOR Richard

Mike Wells
Mike Wells

I still don't see what this has to do with the incident in question, and why KPHO decided to dig it up. Sounds like muckraking to me. Now, if they were responding to questions raised by the defense attorney, that's different, but if they went digging on their own into something totally unrelated, then it's pretty shitty.

whatacrazyworld
whatacrazyworld

It speaks to the credibility of Virgillo if he had any involvement, similar to the brady list incident with Crisman. Both have very little to do with what happened that day, but it makes for good news.

Truth08
Truth08

Gee wonder where Cocozza and Stoller have been? They seemed to be silenced during this whole Phx Bad Cop Debacle?

Regards,Truth

The Lou Show
The Lou Show

Associates Stoller and Cocozza are One-Trick-Pony Simpletons. They are only interested in their own case and want our sympathy. They only post here for their own benefit, not for the benefit of the community or the future. Only THEIR future matters, selfish sods.

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Leroy Jenkins
Leroy Jenkins

I'm surprised at the investigative handy-work of the normally worker-bee local media.

botanybay
botanybay

Top-ten cities for being an investigative journalist:

1) Phoenix

Anon
Anon

There's enough corruption and stories to last a lifetime unsnarling the tangled web in Maricopa County. It's also a great place for lawyers who want to become obscenely rich.

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