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Cop on leave after firing at minivan filled with kids

TAOS, NM. — More than a month after a New Mexico state police officer opened fire at a minivan filled with children, he was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, a state police spokesman said Thursday.

Van

From LA TImes

Officer Elias Montoya will be paid during the investigation, which will determine whether he violated department policy and should be disciplined, police spokesman Emmanuel Gutierrez told the Los Angeles Times.

The investigation centers on a traffic stop that escalated into a violent clash between several police officers and a woman driving a minivan filled with her five children. The Oct. 28 incident — which the state police chief called an “intense, 43-minute-long dangerous situation” — was captured by a dashboard video camera. It was posted online and went viral.

The video shows an unidentified police officer — not Montoya — pulling over a blue minivan for speeding in the northern New Mexico town of Taos. The motorist, Oriana Farrell, 39, of Memphis, Tenn., refuses to get out of the vehicle and drives away. After about half a mile, she stops again and the officer approaches her car, but she still doesn’t get out.

For more on this LA Times story, click here.

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3 comments

  • Concerned Citizen

    resisting arrest is not punnishable by gun shot NO OFFICERS LIFE AT ANY TIME WAS IN DANGER!!!!!
    yes the boy put hes hands on an officer just to get him off his mom and yes he broke the law but the jack wagon cop's life was not in any real danger. These cops need to get off whatever theyre on weather it be too much coffee or steroids or just plain power happy. There is a better way to handle this type of situation

  • guest

    what happened to this criminal that refused to obey the police officers and escalated the situation with NO regard for the safety of the children she was transporting? funny how people ignore the CRIME and try to blame the police.

  • Michigander

    He shot at that van for NO reason! Since when does shooting the rear window stop someone from running? Now he is pretending like he “didn’t know” there were five kids in the back seat. Yeah right! It’s a minivan! It’s his OWN fault he got fired! He would be in the same trouble if there wasn’t any kids in that back seat, so he needs to stop going over the media and pretending to be devastated! I’m sure the family he shot at is suffering more. It’s not like they will ever trust an officer, the ones that are “suppose to protect and serve us”.