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17 Illegals Nabbed In AZ Deputy’s Attack

From an outraged (that illegal aliens are being rounded up) Associated Press:

Law enforcement officers from different agencies gather to coordinate the search for a suspect that shot a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy Friday April 30, 2010 in the desert southwest of Stanfield, Ariz.

17 caught in search for Ariz. deputy’s attackers

By Bob Christie, Associated Press Writer

May 1, 2010

PHOENIX – Authorities have captured 17 suspected illegal immigrants in southern Arizona as they continued their manhunt Saturday for smugglers who they say shot and wounded a sheriff’s deputy in a remote desert area 50 miles south of Phoenix.

Three of those captured overnight Friday matched descriptions from the wounded Pinal County deputy and were being questioned Saturday, sheriff’s Lt. Tamatha Villar said. The deputy was released from the hospital, and was recovering at home…

Arizona politicians called Friday’s shooting an outrage and urged the federal government to do more to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

The violence "should show the rest of the country what we Arizonans have known for too long — the unsecured border poses a very real and very immediate danger," said U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat whose district includes part of Pinal County.

On Friday afternoon, Deputy Louie Puroll, 53, was patrolling near Interstate 8 when he came upon a stash of marijuana bales and five suspected smugglers. At least one of the suspects opened fire on him, tearing a chunk of skin from his back.

Puroll radioed in that he was shot, setting off a frantic hour-long search for the deputy in the remote desert, Villar said.

The area is a well-known smuggling corridor for drugs and illegal immigrants headed from Mexico to Phoenix and the U.S. interior.

State and federal law enforcement agencies deployed helicopters and scores of officers to search a 100-square-mile zone for the suspects. The Arizona Republic reported that officials said more than one of the choppers came under fire during the manhunt on Friday.

Puroll, a 15-year department veteran, had been on the lookout for smugglers when he discovered the suspected smugglers, two armed with rifles, authorities said.

But it’s not a war.

(Thanks to Confucius for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “17 Illegals Nabbed In AZ Deputy’s Attack”

  1. confucius says:

    From AP:

    Drug smugglers suspected in attack on Ariz. deputy

    May 1, 2010

    PHOENIX – Law officers backed by helicopters hunted gunmen in Arizona’s desert early Saturday after a sheriff’s deputy was wounded by suspected marijuana smugglers, officials said. The violent episode came amid nationwide debate over the state’s tough new immigration law.

    State and federal law enforcement agencies deployed helicopters and scores of officers to search a 100 square-mile zone near the Interstate and Arizona 84 for the suspects. The Arizona Republic reported officials said more than one of the choppers came under fire during the manhunt.

    A backlash over the law has surged with civil rights activists, concerned it will lead to racial profiling, calling for protests and a boycott of the state.

    The new law’s passage came amid increasing anger in Arizona about violence, drug smugglers, illegal immigration drop houses and other problems that some say are caused by poor border security. The issue gained focus a month ago when a southern Arizona rancher was shot and killed by a suspected illegal border crosser.

    The Republic quoted Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu as saying about 30 bullets were fired at the deputy, who returned fire with a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun.


    Where is SWAT and Napolitano when you really need them? Just kidding. They’re busy profiling oil.

    Note that within this same article, Mr. Christie says Arizona’s new immigration law resulted from a handful of “some say” as if it were unfounded.

    If it wasn’t profiling, I would say reporters are stupid.

  2. puhiawa says:

    If Bush was in charge he would arrest the shot deputy. He has done so before.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Please provide a link/reference to back up that statement. Thanks

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:


      I believe he’s referring to Agents Ramos and Compean. That was a complete screw up on Bush’s part I believe also.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Thanks LMGS. I was unaware of this and yes, a complete screwup.

  3. canary says:

    The Arizona Tea banning is really hurting NY who makes it. Checking labels for made in USA has become more complicating, but worth it. You’d be surprised how many grocery’s and products are made in Illinoise.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      This is a classic example of the left, as usual, following emotions rather than thinking. Their leaders love them being good mindless sheeple.

  4. BigOil says:

    The Won claimed Arizona’s immigration law would result in citizens getting harassed for “their papers” at the ice cream stand. How many citizens are toting AK-47’s, gunning down cops, and running drugs? It’s quite a stark contrast between rhetoric and reality.

  5. Wasn’t this in the county that had that sheriff saying he wouldn’t uphold this new law?

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