“No more information” to be forthcoming in Tucson shootings says Pima County Sheriff’s Office

Posted on January 19, 2011


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There’s no reason stated to explain the sudden stop of interviews and information to be shared with the public about the January 8 shootings in Tucson, but maybe Sheriff Dupnik has said too much already:

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has suddenly turned off the flow of information in the January 8th mass shootings in Tucson.  Shortly after noon Tuesday Sheriff’s PIO Jason Ogan released this terse, one-line statement: 

“Until further notice, due to a controversy between the Sheriff’s Department and the County Attorney’s office, no further information reference the January 8, 2011 shooting will be released.”

The statement put an end to an interview that Sheriff’s Bureau Chief Richard Kastigar had been scheduled to give just 45 minutes later, at 1:00 PM.  Kastigar had agreed to come to KGUN9’s newsroom to discuss security videos recorded in the Safeway parking lot the morning a deranged gunman opened fire, killing 6 people and wounding or injuring 14 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  CNN had booked a satellite interview with Kastigar, to be conducted by journalist Wolf Blitzer.

The word “controversy” contained in the statement would seem to imply some sort of disagreement or discord between the Sheriff’s Department and LaWall’s office.  But the statement did not elaborate about the nature of the controversy.  When contacted by KGUN9 News, LaWall’s office declined to comment.

As KGUN9 News has reported, some critics have suggested that some statements from the Sheriff’s Department — particularly those from Sheriff Clarence Dupnik — could serve to work against prosecutors.  A legal expert that 9 On Your Side consulted did not share the concern.  Whether LaWall has views on the subject, and if so, whether those views played into Wednesday’s Sheriff’s Department statement, is unknown.

It seems “mums the word” for now.  As it relates to Sheriff Dupnik, silence is golden.

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