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New Mexico sheriff details shooting deaths of 2 suspects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales says the deputy who fired several rounds at a driver who tried to flee in a stolen pickup truck feared for the safety of his colleagues as the suspect revved the engine after being cornered.

Gonzales released more details Tuesday about the Nov. 17 shooting that resulted in the deaths of driver Isaac Padilla and passenger Martin Jim.

Two other men got out of the truck unharmed and were not charged following a night of reckless driving that spanned 20 miles.

Authorities say another man who got out of the vehicle before it was stopped by deputies was armed but that no other weapons were found in the truck.

The 23-year-old Padilla had a criminal history that included aggravated assault, battery, shoplifting and other charges.

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