Bad things are happening in the Arizona desert just south of Phoenix. This is a quick update. A deputy was shot about 50 miles south of Phoenix by a drug smuggler with an AK-47. He was rescued military style by helicopter. At least one helicopter took took gun fire. As of May 1 there is still a huge manhunt to find the illegal aliens involved.
Deputy Shot By Suspected Drug Smugglers, Police Deploy Helicopters To Find Wounded Officer
A Pinal County sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded Friday after encountering a group of suspected illegal immigrants who apparently had been hauling bales of marijuana along a major smuggling corridor.
After a frantic, hour-long desert search, authorities found Deputy Louie Puroll, 53, wounded in the Arizona desert near Interstate 8.
Raw video and story of the rescue of Pinal County deputy Louie Puroll who was shot in the abdomen: News15: "Deputy shot by suspected immigrant released from hospital"
TV 12: 17 detained after search for smugglers who shot Sheriff's deputy
Seventeen people were detained overnight in the search for suspects in FridayÂ?s shooting of Pinal County SheriffÂ?s Deputy Louis Puroll by suspected drug smugglers in an isolated area of south-central Arizona.
Pinal County Lt. Tami Villar says 14 of those detained are suspected of being illegal immigrants, while three match the description of the shooters given by Puroll.
TV5 Breaking News of night chase through desert: Deputy Recovering After Being Shot By Suspected Drug Smugglers
TV 12: Pinal County Sheriff's deputy shot in desert confrontation