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BCSO identifies suspects killed in Nov. 17 deputy-involved shooting

J.R. Oppenheim and Kai Porter
November 28, 2017 05:09 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales said a vehicle driving erratically during a pursuit posed a threat prior to a deputy-involved shooting earlier this month.

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Gonzales held a news conference late Tuesday morning revealing more information about the fatal shooting on Nov. 17. The chase ended at Coors and Glenrio following a PIT maneuver.

Gonzales said BCSO Deputy Joshua Mora felt threatened after the driver revved the engine of the car. Mora then fired seven shots into the suspect's vehicle, killing the driver and a passenger in the back seat.

The sheriff identified the deceased suspects as 23-year-old Isaac Padilla and 25-year-old Martin Jim. Deputies did not find a gun in the vehicle or on Padilla, Gonzales said.

Padilla's criminal history dates back to 2013 with charges including battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing and drug possession. Gonzales did not release Jim's criminal history.

Deputies apprehended the two others, but their names not released.

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The Nov. 17 incident started when APD officers spotted a vehicle, which was reported as stolen, near Lomas and Louisiana. Gonzales said APD apprehended two people, including one armed with a gun. The sheriff identified them as Xavier Wilson and Mercedez Moraga.

But there were others inside the vehicle. Air support kept track of the vehicle when it drove into BCSO jurisdiction in the North Valley. Gonzales said deputies tried to use spike strips and PIT maneuvers multiple times before finally getting it to stop near Glenrio and Coors.

A sergeant on scene heard the revving engine and crunching noises. Deputies perceived a threat and Mora gave verbal commands that were not followed, Gonzales said, and the deputy opened fire. The vehicle then spun out in reverse.

Mora has returned to the job. He is the son of Undersheriff Rudy Mora. The elder Mora recused himself from the investigation.

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J.R. Oppenheim and Kai Porter

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