Friday, April 30, 2010

Arizona police shot by illegal immigrant today with AK47, ambushed, don't tell MLB, AP and media partners

4/30, Casa Grande, Ariz. - "A Pinal County sheriff's deputy has been released from the hospital after he's shot in the abdomen by a group of suspected illegal immigrants and drug smugglers Friday during patrol south of Phoenix.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says that Deputy Louie Puroll, 53, was essentially

It happened during routine patrol Friday afternoon in the desert near the I-8 west of Casa Grande, an area known as a drug smuggling corridor between Mexico and Phoenix. The deputy radioed in to report he was shot in the abdomen, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office says.

  • The deputy was tracking a group of five suspected illegal immigrants with several bales of marijuana when he was shot. Two of the five suspects were armed.

The deputy stayed on the line with authorities and used GPS on his phone to help guide them to his location.

  • A DPS Ranger helicopter with a paramedic landed and airlifted the deputy to a hospital. Deputy Puroll had a chunk of skin torn from just above his left kidney and is reportedly in good condition. Puroll was released from the Casa Grande Regional Medical Center after a few hours of treatment.

Meanwhile, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office tactical team is searching for three more suspects who fled. So far, two people have been caught.

  • Customs and Border Protection agents stationed in Tucson were also sent to help in the search, and are equipped with night-vision technology in case the manhunt extends into the morning. Sheriff Joe also dispatched some of his deputies, who were participating in a crime sweep in the valley.

Over 200 officers and deputies from various jurisdictions are patroling a 10 by 10 mile area, and six helicopters are flying overhead.

  • "Just to capture what is going on here, this is literally a trafficking corridor... not just for human smuggling but drug smuggling. And where are they going?
  • North to Maricopa County," says Sheriff Babeu.
The shooting comes on the heels of the passage of a controversial Arizona immigration enforcement law." via Gateway Pundit

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