Suspicious Shooting of Arizona Deputy
Written by Katin for IPCRESS Blog.
I am no longer maintaining this post as there is no more information being released about this event. All evidence thus far points to this as being a staged shooting. Expect more of these hoaxed events in the near future.
Several hours ago, a Sheriff’s Deputy for Penal County, Arizona was shot by several illegal immigrants. The developing story already seems rather odd and there’s no escaping the strange timeliness of the event. The state recently passed its controversial Immigration Law S.B.1070 and many protests are scheduled to take place tomorrow (May Day.) This shooting dramatically affirms the necessity of the new legislation and will no doubt be used with great effect this weekend to deflate the righteousness of the protesters. While it is too early to determine exactly what this is all about, this much is true: when an event coincidentally benefits The Establishment, there is always a good chance it wasn’t a coincidence. So far, here are the supposed facts.
This report from Arizona’s Channel 12 News stated:
A Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy was shot in the stomach Friday by an undocumented immigrant off Interstate 8, according sheriff’s officials.
Lt. Tami Villar told 12 News that the search and rescue deputy was investigating a load of marijuana in the desert and was confronted by five suspects. She also said the wounded deputy is expected to survive.
Deputies believe at least two people were armed with long guns and at least one handgun. The deputy, whose name was not released, was patrolling alone in what is considered a high-traffic drug and human-smuggling corridor.
Villar said the deputy radioed dispatch about 4:30 p.m. to say he had been shot off Interstate 8 and Arizona 84, but he could not be found when authorities arrived at the scene.
Right away, I have some questions. I am not familiar with the way law enforcement operates in Arizona, but it seems rather odd for a police officer to be out in the middle of the desert, in a “high-traffic drug and human-smuggling corridor,” investigating a shipment of drugs… alone. Is this really standard operating procedure? The Department suspects a shipment of marijuana is being smuggled through this dangerous desert area, so they send ONE officer… from the Search and Rescue Department? Really? So, what exactly happened?
According to this report,
the deputy stopped a group in the desert and was shot with an AK-47 assault rifle in the abdomen. A pursuit near State Route 84 and Stanfied had ended with a bailout at Interstate 8.
Since the officer was alone, I am assuming that after he was shot in the stomach, he returned to his car and proceeded to chase the suspects down Interstate 8. Initial reports suggest he called once at 4:30, after being shot, and then disappeared for an hour. Odd.
This report from Associated Press provides more details:
After a frantic hour-long desert search, authorities found a deputy wounded in a shootout Friday with suspected illegal immigrants apparently hauling bales of marijuana along a major smuggling corridor in southern Arizona.
The deputy was found with a superficial wound – a chunk of skin torn from just above his left kidney – after being shot with an AK-47 on Friday afternoon, Pinal County sheriff’s Lt. Tamatha Villar said. He was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Casa Grande, about 40 miles south of Phoenix.
Villar said the deputy was doing smuggling interdiction work and found bales of marijuana in the desert. He then encountered five suspected illegal immigrants, two armed with rifles, and was shot.
Already, things are getting complicated. Let’s see if we can make sense of what information we have so far. Initial reports claimed the officer was making a traffic stop, while this later story says “he found bales of marijuana in the desert.” I am guessing the officer found the bales and then, sometime later, encountered the vehicle hauling more marijuana (did the bales fall off the truck?) So then, the officer is patrolling for drug smugglers–alone–in this dangerous area, when he comes across “bales of marijuana in the desert.” He doesn’t radio this in, but continues driving and eventually catches up with the vehicle (truck?) which is “hauling” the marijuana. The officer stops the vehicle, gets out of his cruiser to approach the five men and gets shot. Really? It’s quite a coincidence that this policeman found bales of marijuana “in the desert” which had just recently fallen off a truck which was driving only a short distance away. It’s also odd that with five men in the vehicle no one noticed the bales falling off the truck (if that’s what happened.)
Regarding the officer’s injury, latest news says he wasn’t shot critically (surprised?) It was just a nick and some “torn skin.” Does this sound right? The policeman approaches five men in a suspicious vehicle, and they try to kill him. Several of them are armed with AK-47s, so we’re dealing with serious criminals and not some kids running pot. A bullet grazes the officer’s side and then the drug dealers… run away? That’s strange. If the five men were (obviously) trying to kill this deputy, and they had overwhelming firepower, WHY didn’t they just take another shot at him and finish him off? They’re out in the middle of the desert after all. But no, they decide to let the officer live for some unknown reason. The officer only THEN radios the department informing them of the incident. Then he goes off chasing the drug smugglers, but fails to keep the department informed of his whereabouts. He gets lost and it takes an hour to find him. This CNN report states:
the deputy was located while sitting in desert brush, surrounded by cactus.
Alright, the deputy chased the five armed drug smugglers down the highway, forcing them to “bail out at Interstate 8.” At this point, he left the cruiser and chased them on foot–without bothering to call his department to tell them where he was or what he was doing. Really? The people responding to the incident now spend an hour searching for the wounded policeman (who is in desert brush, surrounded by cactus) while the shooters/drug runners get away.
This ABC affiliate in Phoenix now identifies the officer: Louie Puroll, 53. The article also states:
Authorities spent over an hour searching for Puroll, who was able to communicate with authorities via his radio.
So, Puroll was in touch via radio, but remained lost for an hour? Huh? Didn’t he know where he was? How far off the highway did he chase the five armed men? Don’t Arizona cruisers have GPS? Further, the ABC piece mentions “the bales:”
They apparently then took off with a “load of marijuana,” and remain on the loose.
The AP story said, “the officers found bales of marijuana in the desert. He then encountered five suspected illegal immigrants…” This ABC version suggests that after finding the bales in the desert, Puroll continued driving until he encountered the suspects. After catching up with the vehicle and stopping it, the suspects shot him and then “took off” with the marijuana. This must have been a vehicle of some size, as it was transporting “bales” of marijuana. Now, I understand that these policemen are understaffed in this area, but don’t they call for back-up when they encounter a large, suspicious vehicle with five men inside–driving through a known drug route? And he just came across several bales of marijuana in the desert.
At this moment, the five suspects are still at large. They are on foot, in the desert, but because it is becoming dark, the police have curtailed searching by helicopter (can’t they search for people by night using helicopters? It is the desert, after all. You would think they would be a little familiar with the terrain. But, anyway…) We will have to wait for more information to become available, as there are only a few unclear reports at the moment. The circumstances do sound rather odd, and coming at this particular time, it’s even more peculiar. I do not discount the possibility that this shooting could have been staged to undermine political opposition to the new immigration bill. We’ll see if forthcoming news eliminates that possibility.
Saturday and Sunday, there will be events protesting S.B.1070 and many speakers. It will be interesting to see who takes this story as fact and who suspects a staged crime to manipulate public sentiment.
Drudge is running this as the #1 story at the top-left of his page. He is using the original, and incorrect lead-in: “AZ deputy shot in stomach by suspected illegal…” We knew last night that the officer was NOT shot in the stomach. This links to last night’s Associated Press article, which talks about Puroll “finding bales of marijuana” in the desert and then encountering the illegals.
This recent AP article states the “marijuana in the desert” was a “stash,” which Officer Puroll “came upon.” Of course, a “round-up of the usual suspects” is in progress, and so far, 17 people have been arrested. If more details are not forthcoming today, I’m calling, “Foul” on this one. A vehicle carrying a “load of marijuana” and being guarded by FIVE men armed with AK47s? Sorry… not buying it. And this lone officer proceeds to chase these guys into the desert–armed with a pistol? It’s just preposterous. Add to that his strange disappearance for an HOUR, and then he’s found hiding in a grove of cactus. Huh? Pretty strange.
The LA Times hammers the message home in its coverage today:
confrontation with apparent drug smugglers is likely to inflame passions over the state’s tough new law on illegal immigrants.
The article also provides some interesting new details, such as this:
Puroll, 53, was patrolling on his own along a stretch of Interstate 8 that runs through the empty desert south of Phoenix about 4 p.m. when he saw five men on foot hauling a load of marijuana. The moment Puroll left his vehicle, he was shot.
The illegal were hauling bales of marijuana through the desert, on foot? Armed with AK47s? What happened to the car chase down Interstate 8, where the drug runners “bailed out” and made a run through the desert, with Officer Puroll in pursuit? Hmmm….
The LAT piece ends with this:
In March, an apparent smuggler shot and killed a rancher, Robert Krentz, on the rancher’s property just north of the Mexican border in southeastern Arizona. The killing helped galvanize support for the new anti-illegal- immigration law. Supporters have regularly cited the Krentz case and the cases of two Phoenix police officers killed by illegal immigrants since 2007.
Interesting. I wonder is anyone has tried shining a skeptical light on these events.
As of 2:30 EST, no new details of yesterday’s “shooting” have made it to the news. In fact, most of the news sources are still running last night’s story, talking about a deputy “shot in the stomach.”
Still no specific news regarding this incident. In the “old days,” the press would interview the officer involved. Now, there’s none of that. The department’s spokesperson makes a statement and that’s it. No pictures of the supposed getaway car ditched on the side of the road. No footage from the helicopter Police cameras, no pictures of the bales or the location of the shoot-out. The incident reminds me of the Charles Stuart case in Massachusetts. Stuart had murdered his wife and concocted a story about several assailants who assaulted them. As evidence of the hoaxed conflict, Stuart showed a “grazing wound” on his side (soooo lucky!)
One interesting note is that on Monday, the next business day after the faked shooting, the Arizona Highway Patrol had their annual remembrance ceremony for fallen officers. Odd coincidence.
Fallen officers honored during memorial event
Mike Sakal, Tribune
May 4, 2010 – 2:34PM
The Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association remembered 28 fallen officers during an annual memorial ceremony on Monday.
The ceremony, which was held at the DPS Officer Memorial Statue at 2101 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, recognized Officer Christopher Marano during a special program as part of the ceremony.
Marano, 28, was killed on Dec. 17, 2009 while attempting to stop a feeling suspect in a stolen vehicle.
Marano was accidentally struck and killed by another officer’s vehicle on the Loop 101 in the north Valley as he was laying a spike strip to try and stop a pursuit, according to DPS.
A plaque was unveiled during the ceremony to honor Marano. He was among 116 officers that were killed in the line of duty in 2009, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The article states that 116 officers were killed last year throughout the entire nation. Only ONE policeman was killed in Arizona, and this was the result of being accidentally struck by a police car. So, Arizona Police are NOT being shot every day by illegal immigrants.
Just 10 days before the shooting, Pinal County Sheriff, Paul Babeu gives this interview for MSNBC. The banner, “Officers Killed by Illegal Immigrants” is prominently displayed throughout the interview, yet Babeu never cites ONE instance of an officer being killed by an illegal alien. In fact, NO officers were killed BY ANYONE last year in Arizona (and none, so far, this year.) Babeu cites high speed chases, but no killings. He adds, “And nearly every one of them is armed.” Does he mean every illegal alien is armed? Or, only those involved in illegal activities, such as drugs?
A few days later, on April 27, Babeu gives a similar interview with Greta van Susteren:
Babeu, along with Senators McCain and John Kyl are pressing for the deployment of 3,ooo National Guards along the border, as well as 3,000 more “Custom and Border Protection agents.” All of this goes beyond the scope of my original post, and I am not denying that the influx of illegal immigrants has become a problem. My focus is on this one particular incident, and how it was obviously HOAXED for political purposes.
The following article just came to my attention, as it seems to have been posted within the last hour. Here, Terry Jeffrey (whoever he is) cites an interview with Babeu, conducted (again) by Greta van Susteren. I have looked for this video, but have not been able to find it yet. In any case, Jeffrey quotes the relevant points made by Babeu:
Terry Jeffrey – Dereliction of Duty
It was just one skirmish, but it plainly exposed Congress’ and President Obama’s dereliction of duty in failing to seal our southern border against a direct threat to the peace and security of our nation: drug smugglers.
Last Friday afternoon, Pinal County, Ariz., Deputy Sheriff Louie Puroll was patrolling a patch of desert when he picked up the trail of five smugglers bringing marijuana north from Mexico.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Brabeu later explained what happened to Greta Van Susteren of Fox News.
“This is a known corridor for smuggling not only drugs but illegals,” Brabeu said. “And so he radioed back to dispatch to call for support, and he continued to track the direction because he’s highly skilled in this as a search-and-rescue deputy.”
The smugglers figured out what Puroll was doing.
“And so they left a rear guard behind and took cover and concealment as our deputy approached,” Brabeu told Van Susteren. “This last suspect, who was armed with an AK-47, popped up and started shooting at our deputy, who was in uniform. They clearly knew he was a law officer.” The gun battle lasted 10 minutes.
Puroll emptied his pistol, then started shooting his rifle. He was hit, receiving a minor wound to his side. The sheriff’s department dispatched a helicopter to the scene, and 200 law enforcement officers were eventually deployed to surround and search the area. Local authorities caught 17 illegal aliens in the vicinity, Brabeu said, and the Border Patrol caught another 100. So far, none has been charged with shooting Deputy Puroll. [...]
Finally, a few details. This account, however, is quite different from the initial report given by Lt. Tami Villar, where it was stated that Puroll “confronted” FIVE armed illegals, not just one. These five illegals then got away in a vehicle, with Puroll in pursuit. What happened to this lone “rear guard” illegal with the AK47? Did he just run away on foot? After a ten minute gun battle, did the armed illegal just let Puroll get back into his cruiser so as to chase down his friends in the vehicle? Was there even a car chase at all? The statement mentions the helicopter, but leaves out the incident where the illegals were shooting at it. And if one illegal was “left behind” to fight rear guard, what were the bales of marijuana doing there? Why would his friends leave those? Were they planning on coming back for them? The story is quite a mess and nothing fits together. In the end you had five guys running through the desert (who had been spotted by one of the helicopters) and yet they all managed to get away even though over 200 various law enforcement officers had encircled them.
This article appeared in the “Phoenix NewTimes” blog section on Monday. It shows the first instance of official skepticism toward this case and mentions a similarly hoaxed event from 2000. It seems the police might be hedging their bets on this one. Puroll’s story is so preposterous that it could easily backfire on the department.
Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy Shooting Last Friday Has Some Local Cops Scratching Their Heads
By Paul Rubin, Monday, May. 3 2010
Far as we know, Pinal County sheriff’s Deputy Louie Puroll deserves all the praise in the world for fighting off five suspected drug smugglers in a remote desert area last week and surviving with just a minor wound from an AK-47 type weapon.
But we’ve spoken with about a dozen current and former local cops in the last few days (most of them initiated the contact), and check this out:
When mentioning the highly publicized (and highly charged) incident near the intersection of Interstate 8 and Arizona Route 84 last Friday afternoon, every last one of them brought up the name Franklin Brown.
(Our list of sources did not include Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, the gent in the photo.)
Longtime readers of our paper may remember the story we did awhile back on onetime Phoenix Police Officer Brown.
It was entitled “A Shot in the Dark.”
The facts of that case do have some curious similarities with the Pinal County case: Brown claimed that, in the wee hours of July 5, 2000, a Latino flagged down his cruiser in an then-unpopulated area of 95th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.
Brown described how the man knocked him to the ground, and then shot him with a handgun as two accomplices armed with automatic weapons looked on.
Brown said he repelled the trio during a ferocious gunfight that lasted almost 30 minutes–30 minutes!–sustaining minor bullet wounds to his left hand and to his chest in the process.
The events won Brown selection as a “Top Cop” by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) — the equivalent of an Oscar for police officers–and his own own department’s Medal of Valor.
The popular television show America’s Most Wanted aired an episode on the case, portraying Brown as heroic.
But Brown’s story didn’t pass muster (read the attachment if you want to know more), and Phoenix police eventually placed him on administrative leave.
Brown later just left the department without formally getting fired.
NAPO, by the way, rescinded the dude’s “Top Cops” award shortly before he was to fly to Washington, D.C., to accept it.
In the story, we quoted Tod Burke, a criminal justice professor at Radford University in Virginia. Burke published a paper titled “Munchausen’s Syndrome in Law Enforcement” in a 1992 journal.
“An officer faced with overwhelming interpersonal stress or threat of loss, creates an incident in which he . . . is the victim and occasionally the hero,” wrote Burke, a former cop himself. “The officer creates a situation in which he becomes the focus of sympathy, concern, and care.”
Again, we have no evidence at this point that suggests Deputy Puroll is anything but a stellar peace officer.
But, as we say, questions quietly have arisen among some law-enforcement types about the bizarre incident in the desert last Friday afternoon.
We’re curious about the shots allegedly fired at police helicopters shortly after the 53-year-old deputy was grazed by one bullet during what he described as a full-scale shootout.
It is said that it took about an hou for backup to locate their slightly wounded comrade.
Come to think of it, the whole thing does sound rather strange, though strange is a way of life these days in the great State of Arizona.
How the deputy survived is beyond us.
We do know this: A battle looms (among media types, not with alleged illegal aliens) local and national for the so-called “get” — the first interview with Deputy Puroll.
We’ll keep an eye on how this one plays out.
Update: May 5
Still no comprehensive description of the events involving Louie Puroll.
Channel 5 News in Phoenix released a short piece today, although these new details add more confusion to an already jumbled narrative:
Detectives said the witnesses are illegal immigrants who were assaulted and kidnapped by the smugglers when they crossed paths in the deserts. … more than 100 illegal immigrants were detained by state, local and federal agencies…
Kidnapping? Really? Why would a small group of illegal aliens smuggling marijuana through the desert bother kidnapping (and assaulting) other illegal aliens trekking through the desert? How is this accomplished? For what purpose? Were they trying to abduct these Mexicans so as to keep them as hostages? Does this make any sense?
Babeu said Puroll was tracking a group of six drug smugglers in a desert area near Interstate 8 and Arizona State Route 84 last Friday when he was ambushed by one of the smugglers. Babeu said they [sic] Puroll and two of the smugglers engaged in a gun battle that lasted about 1 minute. The sheriff said Puroll fired 30 rounds from an assault rifle and 16 rounds from a handgun.
Puroll is ambushed by one of the smugglers, but exchanges fire with TWO. The gun battle is considerably shorter than previously stated. Noticeably absent is what exactly happened AFTER the exchange of gunfire. It seems that Puroll quickly ran out of ammunition (firing 46 rounds in a minute.) What happened at this point? Did the ambushers decide to run away just when Puroll ran out of ammo? All early reports mention a VEHICLE which the smugglers were using and which Puroll eventually chased down. Why is there no mention of this? How was Puroll LOST in the desert for over an hour and what was he doing during this time?
Press conference today with Babeu. He explains that armed bands wait in the desert to kidnap and assault the illegals carrying drugs. Seems to make some sense, although it’s kind of difficult to imagine armed units of illegals just wandering around the desert looking for people to attack. Not sure how this would apply to Puroll’s situation. Babeu also mentions that they recovered four AK47s from the desert, although no further details were provided (did they just toss them on the ground and run away?)
Update: May 6
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Department is scrambling to put this story together as doubts are beginning to surface.
Two days ago, on May 4th, the Arizona republic cited a few corrections to the original report:
Four days after a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy reported being ambushed and wounded by marijuana smugglers in the southern Arizona desert, investigators appear to be stymied in their search for suspects.
That’s right. After rounding up all the usual suspects (over 100 of them) they still have no leads.
Meanwhile, the Arizona National Guard said reports that one of its helicopters came under fire during Friday’s search-and-rescue operation were not correct… a clipboard or other metal object within the aircraft apparently fell to the floor, causing a clattering noise. Crew members were at first unclear about the source of the noise and put out an alert that there might be gunfire in the area. During a debriefing, Castillo said, the crew realized what caused the confusion.
Oh, COME ON! A clipboard fell onto the floor of the helicopter, prompting them to make a report that they were being fired on? Are you serious? And the crew didn’t realize this is what happened until HOURS LATER during the debriefing? And THEN they simply forgot to tell the Sheriff’s Department that the report of being “fired upon” was totally false? I’m not buying it. This is a lame attempt to bury what was an obvious lie. If they had no visual sighting of the suspects running through the desert, then who did they think was firing on them in the first place?
Villar said the clarification never reached Sheriff Paul Babeu, who told the media of a helicopter coming under fire during news briefings.
More nonsense. Babeu repeats the false report because the National Guard never bothered to call back and tell him it was wrong.
According to the sheriff, Puroll was on patrol in an off-road area about 5 miles south of Interstate 8 around 4 p.m. Friday when he came upon five men, at least one of whom opened fire with an assault rifle.
Babeu said Puroll suffered two minor wounds as he ducked for cover and returned fire. Babeu said Puroll believed he may have wounded one of the suspects.
HOW MANY MEN DID PUROLL ENCOUNTER??
First he encounters FIVE men. Then, he encounters the single “rear guard” assailant. Then he encounters five OR SIX men. Then he encounters five men, but only one of them fired on him. And HOW was Puroll “patrolling” this “off-road area?” He must have been in an off-road vehicle, right? He wasn’t WALKING through the desert. So, he must have taken cover behind this vehicle. Right? Seems there would be a Pinal County Sheriff’s vehicle somewhere with bullet holes through it. Have there been any pictures of this?
May 5th, Dennis Wagner writes this for The Arizona Republic: Pinal Sheriff Gives Account of Deputy’s Gunbattle in Desert
After firing 46 shots at a group of drug smugglers in the desert last week, Deputy Louie Puroll hid in the brush and made a series of breathless calls to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
He hid “in the brush?” Huh?
“Tell my wife I love her,” the 53-year-old, who was shot twice, told a colleague during one of the calls, recordings of which were released Tuesday.
Touching, but now Puroll has been shot TWICE.
Let me guess: the second injury was also a “grazing wound.”
“Louie, don’t talk like that,” responded the man, who assured Puroll that deputies were already searching for him.
Sounds like a movie script. He had his cell phone. Why not CALL HER?
Sheriff Paul Babeu said Tuesday that the smugglers continued to fire in Puroll’s direction for 20 minutes after the wounded officer took cover.
A TWENTY MINUTE gun battle? Yesterday, Babeu told Channel 5 that the gun battle “lasted about one minute.”
“Thank God he’s alive,” Babeu said.
The sheriff released recordings of Puroll’s calls, as well as a detailed account of the ambush, to counter what he said was growing speculation that the event had been staged. An article on the website of the Phoenix New Times on Tuesday compared Puroll to a Phoenix police officer who staged a gunbattle 10 years ago.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that this happened,” the sheriff said.
Things are starting to unravel now.
But he conceded that early reports about the incident were confusing and sometimes incorrect. For instance, a helicopter crew responding to the emergency mistakenly reported that it had come under fire. And although Puroll never spoke with the smugglers, sheriff’s officials issued a description of two attackers claiming one of the men had a “Sinaloan accent.”
“In the fog of any type of crisis – certainly a shooting – there’s information that comes out that is conflicting, that isn’t always accurate,” Babeu said. “We never, in our wildest dreams, believed that the integrity of an officer involved in a shooting would be questioned.”
Puroll, who suffered a pair of flesh wounds to his side, told investigators he was ambushed Friday while tracking marijuana smugglers in an off-road area about 4 miles south of Interstate 8 near Antelope Peak.
Now, Puroll has TWO wounds. No description of this second wound, however.
The attack came exactly one week after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a tough new immigration law that makes it a crime to be in the state illegally. Babeu has been a prominent supporter of the law, which requires authorities to check documents of people they reasonably suspect to be illegal.
Puroll has turned down interview requests. Babeu, who has pressed for tougher border enforcement, described the deputy as “a very private type of guy” who even turned down a meeting with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
“He said to me, ‘Sheriff, I want to go back to work,’” Babeu said.
Yeah, he doesn’t want to talk about it–AT ALL. Why am I not surprised?
Sheriff’s officials said two people with AK-47 rifles were taken into custody by the Border Patrol on Monday and that two other people in custody in Pinal County also are considered “investigative leads.”
More contradictions. TWO illegals carrying AK47s were arrested on MONDAY? But, YESTERDAY, they said they had no leads.
Babeu said evidence will support Puroll’s account of the gunbattle, as will comments from some of the approximately 100 undocumented immigrants who were detained in the search area. He said three of those immigrants are victims, who said they were robbed by men fitting the description of those who shot at Puroll.
“We’ve had numerous, separate accounts that have corroborated statements given by our deputy,” Babeu said. “There’s other information we have that will disprove all of these baseless and dreamed-up theories.”
“Separate accounts?” Oh, really? I’m dying to read those. Let’s see ‘em.
“Dreamed-up theories?” Ha! They’re on the defensive now.
Babeu said Puroll was tracking footprints shortly before 4 p.m. Friday when he spotted armed smugglers ahead of him. At that point, Babeu said, the deputy called for backup while continuing to trail the suspects.
Alright… Puroll IS on foot… “tracking footprints.” But, early on, the LA Times reported:
The moment Puroll left his vehicle, he was shot.
There seems to be no attempt to clarify this. Early reports also state that Puroll get back into his vehicle and chased the suspects.
“What’s he to do?” the sheriff asked. “Do you run? Or do you expect us to take action?”
Just 10 minutes later, as deputies rushed to lend support, Puroll was fired upon by a gunman who apparently circled around for an ambush.
Now the story is different.
NOW he encounters the main group of FIVE illegals first, but ten minutes later, receives fire from the “rear guard” guy who “circled around him.”
As at least two people fired on him, Babeu said, Puroll unloaded a 30-round clip from M-16 A1 assault rifle and then a full magazine from a .40-caliber Glock with 16 rounds in it. Then, he phoned dispatchers to advise that he had been shot.
One of the wounds is a graze mark. The other clearly was caused by a bullet, Babeu said. Marks on his skin suggest Puroll was hit from at least 6 feet away.
6 FEET AWAY!
If “one of the wounds is a graze mark,” what was the OTHER wound? It “clearly was caused by a bullet.”
Obviously, they don’t want to say he suffered TWO “graze marks” (from SIX FEET AWAY!)
Puroll is assigned to Operation Stone Garden, a federally funded taskforce with the Border Patrol aimed at narcotics trafficking and violence in a particularly busy smuggling corridor.
The sheriff said the first search aircraft, a National Guard helicopter, did not arrive at the remote scene until an hour after the shooting. When crew members mistook the sound of a falling clipboard for gunfire, he said, the rescue efforts were delayed to make sure the area was secure.
Oh my God! WHO believes this shit? Rescue efforts were delayed after a clipboard fell on the floor of the helicopter?
This is absolutely nonsensical. Can anyone follow this?
It took them an HOUR to find Puroll.
It takes the helicopter an HOUR to arrive.
Therefor: the helicopter arrives just as they find Puroll.
BUT, “rescue efforts were delayed” by the clattering clipboard in the helicopter.
This would suggest the helicopter HAD to have arrived early in the search in order to “delay” things.
Although marijuana smugglers typically dump their backpacks when detected by law enforcement, Babeu said, Puroll’s assailants apparently had time to gather up the contraband and flee.
Puroll had spotted “bales of marijuana in the desert.” HOW did they just “gather up” these bales of marijuana and “flee?” And what about the car chase?
“It was such a confusing mess,” Babeu said. “There is no doubt there was plenty of opportunity to escape.”
Five (or six) guys are WALKING through the desert, carrying AK47s, ammo, water, and BALES OF MARIJUANA, in broad daylight–with over 200 law enforcement personnel due to arrive and seal off the area.
HOW did they lose them?
Babeu said DPS investigators, who handled the crime scene, have not yet provided information on the evidence they found.
I’ll be waiting for this.
Although Puroll acted appropriately in following the attackers alone, Babeu said he has issued new departmental orders requiring all deputies assigned to Operation Stone Garden to work in pairs.
“There is a direct threat,” he said. “We are changing our tactics.”
This morning, on MSNBC, Tamron Hall referenced the NewTimes article (cited further up in this post) as evidence for growing concern that this whole event may have been staged. Hall refered to several points made in the piece and then brought Babeu on to the talk show to explain.
Babeu merely recites the same drivel as before. He adds that Puroll has been “restricted” from speaking to the press because of the “investigation.” Puh-leez… What a load of crap. They can’t get their story straight, the press is starting to pick up on the fact that this was staged, and so they’re keeping Puroll far, far away from reporters.