acquired an Arizona Department of Public Safety report on its crime-scene investigation into the alleged clash between Pinal County sheriff's Deputy Louie Puroll and what Puroll said was a group of drug-smuggling undocumented aliens.
As Paul Rubin pointed out yesterday, the report raises more questions than it provides answers.
Check out all the details here.
As Rubin put it, "Does the DPS scene analysis accuse or even suggest that Deputy Puroll staged the episode and injured himself slightly somehow for unspecified motives?
"Or does it suggest that the deputy may have engaged in a nefarious scheme of his own device -- say a shakedown of desert drug dealers or something of that nature (a la the recent arrest of Phoenix cop James Wren for ripping off drug dealers while on duty) when things went awry?
"The answer is no to both questions, but with a large asterisk attached."
After looking at the report, a veteran crime scene detective told Rubin yesterday: "There are red flags all over this situation, starting with the fact that [the DPS] was unable to do as thorough a report as they would have wanted, mainly because they weren't allowed to interview the the deputy -- the alleged victim -- who lawyered up. This thing looks very, very suspicious on any number of levels."
We want to know what you think: Do you buy Puroll's original story?
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