Louie Puroll, a former Pinal County sheriff's deputy whose tale about getting shot by illegal-alien dope smugglers in the desert near Interstate 8 came under fire last year, is not, repeat not, back on the job.
A colleague pointed out a comment attached online to one of his stories that claimed Puroll -- who was fired late last year for lying to internal-affairs investigators after our follow-up story about his case raised new questions about his bona fides -- has been wearing his sheriff's uniform in public.
We got to know Deputy Puroll a little during our reporting of his wacky yarn, and we just can't picture the good-old-boy donning his old uniform these days under any circumstance.
But, what the heck, we contacted Pinal County sheriff's spokesman Tim Gaffney to ask if we were missing something.
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No, Gaffney told us, saying, "I would be highly shocked if he was wearing a uniform since he was terminated. He is still in the appeal process and has submitted a letter demanding a merit hearing."
Some stories never quite end.