FLORENCE — An Arizona sheriff's office says independent testing of a bloodied shirt backs up the story of a deputy who contends he was shot by drug smugglers in the remote desert amid speculation by some that it was a hoax.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that the Arizona Department of Public Safety concluded that a bullet passed through the shirt, but that no gun powder was found on it.
And that, the sheriff's office says, confirms that the bullet was fired from far away as Pinal County Deputy Louie Puroll said it was.
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 the remote desert south of Phoenix on April 30.
In what Puroll described as a running gunbattle, he was grazed by a bullet in the back.