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Corrections officer with mysterious gunshot wound resigns



A Pima County Jail corrections sergeant who was shot in the leg last week has resigned.

Eric Abbott, 51, submitted his resignation Monday, said Deputy Dawn Barkman, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.

Barkman said she did not know whether the internal investigation into the incident had been closed in light of the resignation.

Abbott, who was employed by the county for 22 years at roughly $58,000 as of last year, was shot in the right calf April 7.

He was on duty and told investigators he felt a sting in his leg. The shooter has not been found.

Police closed an investigation into Abbott’s shooting after the sergeant admitted lying about aspects of the shooting, Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik said Thursday. Dupnik would not elaborate on what Abbott said to police.

Dupnik said of the Abbott case, “I’ve been told he told two substantially different versions about how this happened and there are no witnesses,” Dupnik said.

After telling one version of the shooting Abbott was confronted with conflicting physical evidence and changed his story, Dupnik said.

But, Dupnik added, Abbott “still is insisting he was shot from an unknown source.”

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