PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff's office is reopening the investigation into a deputy's version of how he was shot in the remote desert south of Phoenix amid theories the incident was a hoax timed to enflame the debate over illegal immigration.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office announced its decision Monday following comments made by two nationally known forensic pathologists to members of the news media.
Pinal County Deputy Louie Puroll told investigators he was following a group of smugglers carrying bales of marijuana when he was ambushed by men firing AK-47 rifles. In what Puroll described as a running gunbattle, he was grazed by a bullet in the back.
The pathologists, who examined photos of the wound, concluded the bullet was fired from inches away.