Pathologists’ evidence leads them to believe the claim that a deputy sheriff in Arizona was shot by drug runners in the desert in July 2010 was an elaborate hoax.
Penal County Deputy Louie Puroll, said a gang of men in possession of a large amount of marijuana were chased through the desert. The chase resulted in a gunfight with more men confronting them with AK-47’s along the way. The deputy claims he was shot from several yards away, and that a bullet grazed his back before the men fled.
But two different pathologists say the angle and depth of the wound shows that the shot was fired from inches, not at least 25 yards away as Puroll had claimed. The bullet wound is one of many discrepancies leading authorities to investigate the deputy’s claims further.
Dr. Michael Baden from New York and Dr. Werner Spitz of Detroit are criminal pathologists who say Puroll’s account of what happened in the desert is obviously inaccurate.
The story and shot seem to be part of an orchestrated hoax Puroll created to stir up tension to support the controversial Arizona immigration bill and leave people angry towards immigration of southern Arizona.
Puroll is not the first Arizona official caught lying. Governor Jan Brewer, claimed months ago that headless bodies were being found in the Arizona desert. After police confirmed that no headless bodies were found she refused to admit that she lied. Brewer later admitted that the bodies never existed.