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17 Caught in Search for Ariz. Deputy's Attackers

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PHOENIX – Law officers have apprehended 17 suspected illegal immigrants while hunting for suspected smugglers who shot and wounded a sheriff's deputy in a remote desert area 50 miles south of Phoenix.

Pinal County sheriff's Lt. Tamatha Villar says three of those captured match descriptions given by the deputy. They were being questioned Saturday morning.

The violent episode came amid nationwide debate over the state's tough new immigration law.

Deputy Louie Puroll was patrolling alone Friday afternoon near Interstate 8 when he came upon a stash of marijuana bales and five suspected smugglers. Villar says the smugglers opened fire with AK-47 type rifles, and Puroll returned fire.

The wounded deputy radioed for help, setting off a frantic hour-long search before he was located.
The comments make for interesting reading! - Ed

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Comment by Norman Dong (7017)
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In response to Powell's comment, does it really matter where they were stopped and apprehended? Is not the meaning "illegal" enough? Although we have strayed from equal justice over the years and moved towards social justice, justice was served equally with these apprehensions which is proper..../ 

Comment by Powell Gammill (13871)
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It sure would be interesting to know if the 17 were caught in the desert or at a roadblock?

Comment by Ed Vallejo (5272)
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