ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In the seconds before he was fatally shot by a Bernalillo County Sheriff deputy Tuesday night, Adam Padilla repeated “this is the day I’ve got to go” over and over, while refusing to turn around for a pat down, according to audio from the deputy’s belt tape released by the sheriff’s office on Friday afternoon.
Deputy Jeff Bartram pulled 34-year-old Padilla over around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday for multiple traffic violations at 7625 Central NW, according to a statement released by the sheriff’s office. The car’s license plate was faded and hard to read, and he did not use a turn signal, Bartram can be heard telling Padilla on the audio tape. Padilla told Bartram he was driving his boss’ car.
After telling Padilla he was going to give him a verbal warning, Bartram questioned him about his suspended license and asked him to step outside the vehicle so he could pat him down for weapons.
Padilla complied by exiting the car, and he denied having a weapon, but when asked to turn around, he repeated “I’m sorry I can’t” several times, then “this is the day I have to go, sir,” according to the audio recording. He did not elaborate on what he meant.
“In fear of an immediate attack, Deputy Bartram deployed his Taser,” the sheriff’s office statement said. “The Taser was ineffective. Padilla reached for his waistband, lifting his shirt, exposing a firearm inside a holster, on his hip. As Padilla began to draw the weapon out of his holster, Deputy Bartram transitioned from his Taser to his duty firearm. Adam Padilla started to draw the weapon out of his holster, Deputy Bartram, fearing for his life, fired his duty weapon, striking Adam Padilla multiple times.”
On the tape, Bartram can be heard Tasering Padilla, then shooting him five times one second later. He received a gunshot wound to the head, Bartram can be heard telling another officer, and was still breathing when he was transported from the scene to a hospital.
The firearm found at the scene was fully loaded with hollow point ammunition, including a round in the chamber, the sheriff’s office said, and two fully loaded magazines for a total of 50 rounds of ammunition.
Forty-four 9 mm bullets were also recovered from the car Padilla was driving, according to a court document.