PORTALES, N.M. — An eastern New Mexico sheriff has been placed on leave following his Jan. 15 shooting of a suspect who led deputies on a chase in a front-end loader.

The Eastern New Mexican News reports Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker was placed on paid administrative leave for an indefinite time this week in connection with the shooting of James Wallace McFarlin.

The New Mexico State Police says 48-year-old McFarlin used the loader to try to flip over an SUV and crashed through fences before Parker shot him.

Police say the sheriff was concerned McFarlin would strike bystanders.

Authorities say McFarlin was in “stable condition” Tuesday at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Information from: The Eastern New Mexico News, http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com

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