Louie Puroll, Fired Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy, Demands That His Reinstatement Hearing Be Closed to Public

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Just back from a trip to Pinal County, where former sheriff's Deputy Louie Puroll is seeking reinstatement to his job at a hearing of the county's Merit Commission.

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Louie Puroll wasn't talking to media today.
Bottom line: Puroll this morning in Florence exercised his right to have the hearing closed to the public. This meant TV cameras had to leave, and the press was relegated to the lobby until we took our leave.

Puroll's attorney, Denis Fitzgibbons, would tell us only that his client chose to keep the matter behind closed doors, which is his right.

Puroll himself declined to utter a word during a break to the media types present.

It was quite a different approach than the one he took a few years ago when the deputy's words to us (and his subsequent lies to Internal Affairs detectives about some of the things he'd told us) led to his stunning dismissal from the PCSO.

Readers will remember Puroll, as we wrote about him incessantly a few years ago after he claimed to have engaged in a wild shootout with marijuana-toting drug smugglers in the remote Vekol Valley. (Puroll sustained a minor gunshot wound to his side during the alleged clash and was treated and released at a local hospital).

We advanced a theory that no such shootout ever occurred, not that Puroll's boss, Sheriff Paul Babeu, chose to believe us. The deputy's yarn played right into claims that Babeu had made that his county would host a violent confrontation with drug smugglers.

(See Babeu's latest evidence-to-the-contrary attempt to portray an incident -- last weekend -- in the Vekol Valley as the work of violent drug smugglers.)

Here is the original piece about the deputy's controversial account of what happened to him in the desert on that warm April day back in 2010.

Babeu fired his prized deputy just weeks after trying to make him into a "poster child" for the anti-illegal immigration movement in the wake of the alleged April 2010 incident between Casa Grande and Gila Bend. The alleged shootout occurred exactly one week after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the anti-immigrant Senate Bill 1070 into law.

Link here to find out why the sheriff, then an up-and-coming political figure on both state and national fronts, canned the veteran range deputy.

We'll write more about Puroll and his closed-door hearing later, including some great quotes from his attorney's pre-hearing brief to the commission about why the aggrieved deputy deserves his job back.


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gregg r
gregg r

get lost louie, you're a idiot.   It's too bad whenm you shot yourself, you didnt go for your head.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

The real tragedy to this story is the family that was wiped out and both sides exploiting their story for political gain. None of the above posters make mention of the loss of multiple lives but are more interested in chiding a politician.

Sickening on both sides of the aisle. Shame on Babeu and shame on each of you used this story to make political hay.

How many of the victims were children?

Kenny Powers
Kenny Powers

If this guy's shooting wasn't staged and fake, then I will quit drinking beer for the rest of my life. Note- I really like beer, so I am pretty confident. What a complete fuck-up he is. He destroyed public faith in law enforcement and disgraced anyone that wears the tin over their heart. Fuck off Louie, and enjoy your new career at Wally World.

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

Hey Puroll:  When you tell whoppers like you told, and you pretend to be wounded in the desert by scores of drug smugglers...and then you tell a reporter that his life was threatened but you never reported it, I think it's high time they switch your medication to something that treats your issues.  You are a threat to law enforcement and an extremely high risk for the community at large.
What a pathetic, ignorant underachiever you are.

Adios!

John10
John10

It's not hard to believe that a shootout like this happened in south Phoenix.  Go watch the videos on this site for yourself.

www.secureborderintel.org

Guest
Guest

Sheriff Studboi's minions were too busy pounding in posts around Pinal County and attaching his Babeu for Sherriff signs last weekend to worry about this. They have a lot of propaganda to pitch between now and November to try to keep their jobs.

Just
Just

Instead of a hearing, maybe he should have found Paulie a hot Latino non-English speaking stud, sure Paul would have been happy as all out, and, if said Latino stud was all well endowed top, good ole boi Louie would have got a raise and all his back pay!

TellTheTruth
TellTheTruth

Can the same door maybe hit his mentor (Pablo) on the ass on his way out?

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Puroll's chances of being reinstated to the PCSO is non existent. Just like former MCSO shurf Captain Joel Fox and former Deputy Nazicopa County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon...

Buh bye Louie. Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.

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