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Police: Suspect injured in Portales deputy-involved shooting

Marian Camacho and Emily Jaceks
January 16, 2018 05:55 PM

PORTALES, N.M. – New Mexico State Police have released more details in an officer-involved shooting in Portales.

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NMSP says that the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a man trying to flip over a car with a front-end loader. When deputies arrived, they observed 48-year-old James Wallace McFarlin driving the loader on Cottonwood Place.

Witnesses said McFarlin wrecked a home, possibly his own, poking holes in the walls and breaking windows. His path of destruction continued in the yard, pushing then flipping the Jeep Cherokee over before crushing the sides.

The bizarre scene led neighbors to call Roosevelt County Deputies. Unable to talk to McFarlin, the suspect plowed through three fences, eventually coming to a stop in an open field at the intersection of 18th Street and Kilgore.

A handful of deputies surrounded the suspect with guns drawn. At some point during the confrontation, deputies shot McFarlin. He was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital for emergency treatment and later moved to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He is expected to survive.

It's unclear what prompted deputies to fire or if McFarlin had a weapon. New Mexico State Police will continue to investigate this incident.

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Marian Camacho and Emily Jaceks

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