Pinal County Sheriff's Department Reopens Shooting Investigation

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is reopening an investigation into the shooting of Deputy Louie Puroll following last week's Phoenix New Times story that examined whether Puroll's version of events added up.

The news release from the Pinal County Sheriff's Department:

On April 30th, 2010 Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy Louie Puroll was involved in a shooting with individuals in the Vekol Valley. This shooting drew both local and national attention.

The shooting was investigated by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The criminal investigation had concluded and the facts of the case confirmed the accounts of the event as Deputy Puroll described.

Last week, the below two individuals reported to a Phoenix media outlet that they felt Deputy Puroll had been shot at a close distance (“within a couple of inches”) and not at a distance as