Audio details fatal BCSO shooting

BCSO traffic stop ends in gunfire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department has released audio that details what went down before one of their deputy’s shot a man.

The officer tased and shot the suspect, and it happened in a matter of seconds.

Listen to part of the audio clip (Warning audio is graphic):

The whole thing started Tuesday night when Deputy Jeff Bartram pulled over Adam Padilla near Central and Unser because his license plate wasn’t visible and he turned without a turn signal. The deputy ran his license and found out it was suspended.

That’s when he told Padilla to get out of the car so he could search him for weapons.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Bartram
Deputy Jeff Bartram

Things escalated quickly. The deputy said Padilla stepped back and he was afraid he was going to attack, so he tased him.

The deputy said the taser didn’t work and when Padilla reached for a loaded gun on his hip, the deputy fired.

Padilla died.

When deputies searched him, yhey found a lot of ammo.

KRQE News 13 asked if Sheriff Dan Houston would go on camera to talk about this audio, but never heard back. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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