- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bernalillo County Sheriff’s officials say a deputy fatally shot a motorist during a struggle after a traffic stop.

Officials on Tuesday identified the man as 34-year-old Adam Padilla.

They say Padilla had a gun that was recovered after the incident.

The Bernalillo County DWI traffic deputy pulled over a vehicle near Central and 75th Street before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

During the traffic stop, sheriff’s officials say a struggle ensued, resulting in the deputy firing his department-issued weapon at Padilla.



He was taken to a hospital in Albuquerque, where he was later pronounced dead.

New Mexico State Police, Albuquerque police and the District Attorney’s Office were called to the scene to investigate the shooting.

The deputy is on standard paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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