Tent City Inmate Hit With Shrapnel After Bullet's Fired at Outdoor Jail

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James King
In roughly the same part of Tent City where we snapped this photo of Joe Arpaio dodging pink panties thrown by female inmates -- as he sang a duet with an Elvis impersonator -- shrapnel hit a female inmate after a bullet was fired at the jail.
If the heat doesn't get to ya at Tent City, a bullet just might...

A female Tent City inmate was rushed to the hospital early this morning after she was hit with shrapnel after a bullet was fired at the jail from outside its walls, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office officials tell New Times.

About 12:30 a.m., an unknown suspect fired a bullet at Joe Arpaio's infamous outdoor jail from about 120 yards away.

The bullet, MCSO Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre says, hit a fan -- or something -- inside one of the tents. Shrapnel then hit the upper-left-thigh of a female inmate.

The inmate was treated by the jail's medical staff and taken to a hospital. She was released and is now back in the tents "happy," and hot.

It's unclear what sort of material hit the inmate. MacIntyre says it wasn't shrapnel from the bullet itself, rather, it's from something the bullet hit -- like a fan or a metal pole used to hold up the tents.

MacIntyre says jail staff found 9-millimeter shell casings about 120 yards from the jail's southwest fence.

Despite it being fairly obvious that the jail was the intended target of the shooter, MacIntyre says it's unclear if the bullet was intentionally fired at the jail, or if it was just random gunfire that happened to find its way to Tent City. Either way, whoever fired the bullet, MacIntyre says, "exercised zero judgment."

He says jail staff plans to look at surveillance footage from around the area with the hopes of finding the suspect.
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C. Miranda
C. Miranda

I am the female that was hit in the shooting and was far from happy after the incident. What about inmate safety??? Joe is clearly not concerned.  

Rrem80ster
Rrem80ster

Are you really MIranda? It is terrible what happened to you :(   I have always wondered, is it just that the inmates that are here are just not violent and that violence and riots or anything never happen in Tent City?  I actually learned of this place in school class a couple weeks ago, I am 31, I guess you could say I stay out of the news I guess....anyway I couldn't believe that with all the violence and segregation that goes on in prison..when I seem Tent City I didn't understand how this place could be going on for so long and not have issues with that there??????  

Incorrigable1az@aol.com
Incorrigable1az@aol.com

It was some jerk.Lets be real about this. Why would a sheriff put his own men in harms way.   Now that you got me started, Inmates at least have tents to get out of the sun & fans these sheriffs have no shade  and have to stand out in the sun all day.

www.thecontrabandsound.com
www.thecontrabandsound.com

Arpaio is just livin it up cause he knows his time is running out.  He fricken 79 years old dude! He could care less about the status of AZ and its movements.  Thats why we wrote a song about him that hits him where it hurts. We wrote "F#@K Sheriff Joe" and FOX news played it for him.  Perfect.  Its about him battling his own mortality as he struggles to hang on to life from his death bed.  Oh and by the way.. we heard Arpaio sing at tent city that day, and you would have thought it was some drunk-ass riding into town on the back of a donkey singing over a microphone.  Just a spectacular sight.

VokMoo
VokMoo

Bummer, too bad the stray bullet didnt find that idiot, pompous redneck, hillbilly Arpaio himself!

www.anon-web.us.tc

Dianne Harris
Dianne Harris

Why aren't the tent city inmates protected by a wall? I am surprised there haven't been more problems with people shooting into the tents. They are pretty exposed. Even if the shooting was an accident, there is no protection at all from a bullet being randomly fired and ending up where ever.

Native Guns
Native Guns

That's a good point. I was wondering about the same thing. Don't be surprised if in the future, some gang banger is ordered to do a hit on an inmate awaiting trial, while sitting at the tent city. They are kinda like sitting ducks out there waiting to picked off. Especially if the city streets are close by.

Coz
Coz

Probably of the keystone MCSO deputies...

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

MacIntyre:  Aren't you seriously embarassed by your idiotic comments on behalf of the Sheriff's Office?  You'll look at video tapes in the hopes of finding the suspect?  That's a joke.  Just ride around in the old tank that you used to hype Steven Segal's reality television show...you know...the one used to catch the suspect MCSO  thought was involved in cockfighting.  You certainly made a media blitz of  that.  That tank should have been on patrol outside of Tent City.  You use it for publicity but not for Tent City?  And you can't find a shooter right outside the famous complex?  You're another one who needs to  exit before somebody finds out how terribly incompetent you are.  Oops...they already have.  Maybe you'll have to launch another of MCSO's famous "investigations" - the ones that always fall flat.  You are as laughable as your employer.  Brainless, spineless idiots.  All of you.

Coz
Coz

MacEnWeasel is a total ass and a complete idiot.Always has been and always will be.That's why he works for Bozo Joe.

novenator
novenator

Things are just nuts down there.  I go to Phoenix once a year, and it has a tense feeling in the air, almost like a room full of gas just seeking a spark to ignite it.

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

It was probably some rabidly racist inbred hunting for snakes and the 4 legged coyote. Who knows? Didn't they just allowed open hunting season on the white doves and other birds?

ihateblks
ihateblks

nigger

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

Yup no niggers here. No Michael Steele.. Just true Americans here.

Fuck arpaio......fuck pearce......fuck the wing-nuts.

mike
mike

Ur just as racist as the "nigger hater" you ignorant fék. Get a clue you piece of trash.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

True Americans? is that slang for fucktarded white people?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Joe's deputies can't find the criminals IN THEIR OWN DEPARTMENT!!!!!

What the hell chance do they have of finding the shooter. More that likely, it was one of the deputy Dawgs playing cops and robbers around the jail perimeter.

Jason
Jason

Well said.

I suspect that yet another notice of claim will be filed and we taxpayers will pay for the inmates injuries.

Yet another reason why this stupid old man should be indicted....

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