Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy Louie Puroll to be Fired, Agency Sources Say

Sources inside the Pinal County Sheriff's Office say Sheriff Paul Babeu is prepared to fire controversial deputy Louie Puroll tomorrow.

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These sources say that an internal affairs investigation sustained all of the allegations against Puroll stemming from a series of wide-ranging interviews I conducted with the deputy in the aftermath of "Pinalcchio."

In that first story, published September 22, we examined the troubling details of what Puroll claimed was a wild gunfight last April with drug smugglers in the desert between Casa Grande and Gila Bend. 

The deputy claimed he was grazed in the back during the clash, though our piece raised numerous questions about his account, and about a less-than-thorough investigation by his peers at the PCSO.

Puroll was placed on administrative leave with pay shortly after my second story, "Whitewash," was published last November 23.

That story included several remarkable quotes by the talkative Puroll, including his contention that members of the Mexican drug cartels had attempted to bribe him several times at a truck stop between Phoenix and Tucson.

That news apparently came as a total surprise to Sheriff Babeu, who has risen to national prominence as a darling of the anti-illegal immigration set.

Puroll also told me that a pal of his had offered to kill me because of "Pinalcchio," though the deputy insisted that the unnamed gent may not have been serious at the time.

Puroll is a 14-year veteran of central Arizona agency. He has been a so-called "range deputy" for years and also has been Pinal County's Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) assigned to duties with the federal Office of Homeland Security.

We don't have many more details than this to report at present, but our information is solid.

Promise to write more tomorrow as things hit.

  



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Idtied12
Idtied12

LOUIE - LU -ILOUIE -LU-EYELooks like you told a big lie...

What a loser this Puroll is and I am glad the Phoenix new times exposed this lying, arrogant, macho SOB for what he is....

move on louie time to go back to your old job being a prison guard,,,maybe your captive audience will like the tall tales and the Bull Shirt....

Hey Louie..where is the shirt? the long sleeved shirt, that got lost as evidence?

botanybay
botanybay

They just announced it.

He can join the new political consulting firm of Aubuchon, Thomas, Fox, Arpaio & Henderschott.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Any dishonesty or casual disregard for policy is grounds for firing. Puroll's behavior is very disturbing. I don't think he can be trusted at all for any law enforcement purpose. He practically has admitted to aiding the drug cartels.

Brown Guy
Brown Guy

keep up the great work Stephen! it's good to know that there are good people like you here in Arizona. It's not all Right Winged Nut Jobs.

AZ AR15
AZ AR15

As opposed to Left Wing Nut Jobs?

rudy
rudy

where is babeu or joke arpaio lately? i thought these types loved to flaunt their self-righteousness by pointing their fingers at others on tv?

Shar Pei
Shar Pei

L.C., you might be delusional. Puroll is the worst kind of cop. He goes around all day with the theme music from '24' blaring in his head, and probably masturbates to reruns of The A Team.

davetheman
davetheman

Babeu paid him off, this way nobody knows Babeu was involved

realdeal48
realdeal48

I was proud to serve with PCSO as a Lt with the posse and was trained and worked with deputy Puroll = I am sorry this is happening to him and the PCSO I also know that is can and usually is a (I know all and see all) person. While I belive is is a great deputy I also agree that Babeu can not have this happen - for those for you that remember Sheriff Vanderpool...he wuold never have accepted this from ANY deputy....godspeed Puroll

Charles Ward
Charles Ward

He served his purpose. Now watch him get thrown under the bus.

Johnny White Man
Johnny White Man

Its about damn time they fired that sneaky lying S.O.B's ass. He's a traitor to the American people. So fire his ASS as "Hasta La Vista, baby!"

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

A sheriff with good sense would have never allowed this poor critter to strut his stuff in front of the media to begin with. Nor would a sheriff interested in law enforcement - rather than advancing a political career and agenda - have put such restrictive conditions on DPS investigators when they first looked into his rather unusual account of the GREAT VEKOL VALLEY SHOOTOUT. Just remember that Louie is a symptom - he is not the disease. The infection starts at the top of the command structure. I hope Mr. Puroll can find work - maybe driving the Wackenhut bus to and from the border, or working for one of Jan Brewer's rent a prisons - standards aren't as high as they are for the Penile County Sheriff's Office. Or, he could get a job as an Allen Street shill in Tombstone, handing out fliers for Mad Miner's Miniature Golf.

Asdf
Asdf

Mike wrote: Puroll should find work where "standards aren't as high as they are for the County Sheriff's Office."

I think Mike should have written "where standards aren't as high as * they should be * for County Sherrif.

Pima county should have high standards, but it seemingly has failed to maintain those standards, but here is this dismissal, if true, to being the start of a return to those high standards.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Mike, in my opinion you're absolutely correct with regard to your assessment of Puroll and Babeu. Babeu should NEVER have been allowed to conduct the type of 'patrol' he supposedly was doing when he concocted the Vekol Vally Shootout. Yet, I've not seen or heard anything about disciplinary/corrective action taken regarding the apparent lack of supervision of Puroll. It appears that with regard to PCSO Puroll was/is the 'tail wagging the dog'. His sergeant needs some direction on how to effectively supervise problem employees.

The 'internal investigation', honestly, was embarrassing and clearly intended to only exonerate Puroll for having shot pretty much every available round in at least two weapons. There was no apparent attempt to justify how and when Puroll allegedly was 'shot', or by whom. The most significant piece of evidence, the outer uniform shirt, apparently is still missing.

If this termination actually occurs I will assume someone actually conducted a professional internal investigation, including having Puroll submit to a voice stress analysis or polygraph exam, or he may have refused to cooperate, which is grounds for termination with most agencies.

I think Puroll may have learned from the Vekol debacle and I doubt any reports from the internal investigation will be made public.

From what I see, hear, and have read I think Puroll may be the wrong type personality to be involved in law enforcement and he needs his career path changed. It may be time for him to seek employment as a mercenary, if he really wants bragging rights about shootouts, etc. But, in real shootouts bullets travel both directions. He should be aware of that....

Puroll apparently filled a huge void regarding SB-1070 at a time when Babeu sorely needed public support for his backing of it. It appears to me that Puroll prostituted himself for Babeu and it looks as though he contracted some sort of malady that may lead to his demise.

As Mike has suggested the root of this evil is at the top of the organization and Puroll is merely a symptom.

I don't feel the least bit of sympathy for Puroll, honestly. He made his bed, now he needs to sleep in it. He can continue to dream about, "The Legend of Louie".

Rob
Rob

One investigation by PCSO down, one more to go....

Wrapped up Puroll pretty quickly...MCSO coming soon?

Coz
Coz

LOL...one down so many more to go.

Max Fischer
Max Fischer

Good riddance man. That guy is a train wreck, and I cannot imagine he could pass a comprehensive psych exam. No part of his 'shoot out' sounds legit. Who in their right mind would pursue a bunch of armed cartel guys while alone, no vest, etc?

Thanks for great reporting on this issue, without you writing about this, we would NEVER hear about it. If you can get the police report that would make for good reading i'm sure.

The Lou Show
The Lou Show

Very good work, Phoenix New Times! Keep the light on.

bob z
bob z

I wonder why why babiu hasnt show himself on tv like last year

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