Sheriff’s deputy placed on leave

CNJ staff

A Curry County sheriff’s deputy was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday due to an ongoing criminal and administrative investigation.

A woman said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted her and took keys to a car he was attempting to purchase, according to a police report.

Garrison has not been charged in connection with the case and Clovis police have declined further comment.

A law enforcement officer of more than 13 years, Garrison said he has been kept in the dark about the investigation and called it one-sided. He said he has not been questioned or given a statement.

“Nobody wants to hear my side of the story,” Garrison said.

He said he was told he could buy the car for his son and when the couple selling the car changed their minds, he was upset.

“I did say some things to her that were inappropriate but never once did I threaten her, never once did I approach her or touch her, but there were some words,” he said.

“The thing that upset me the most is I’ve got a 16-year-old son that really wanted this car.”

Interim County Manager Lance Pyle said Wednesday he could not comment on the investigations other than to confirm Garrison had been placed on leave for the duration of the investigations.

Undersheriff Wesley Waller said his office is conducting an administrative investigation and declined further comment.