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New Mexico officer in van shooting is fired

By Barry Massey

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:26 p.m. HST, Dec 06, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. >> The New Mexico State Police officer who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a chaotic October traffic stop has been fired.

New Mexico State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says he confirmed with State Police Chief Pete Kassetas that Officer Elias Montoya is no longer employed by the department. His termination was effective at 5 p.m. Friday.

Montoya has 30 days to appeal his firing to a public safety advisory council. He doesn't have a listed phone number.

The officer was placed on administrative leave earlier this week following an investigation into the shooting outside the northern New Mexico tourist town of Taos.

Video from a police cruiser's dashboard camera taken Oct. 28 showed Montoya shooting at the minivan as a Memphis, Tenn., woman drove away. The motorist, 39-year-old Oriana Farrell, had been stopped for speeding and fled twice after arguing with an officer.

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kentfonoimoana wrote:
Excellent news!
on December 6,2013 | 02:30PM
cojef wrote:
Dangerous patrol personnel out in New Mexico.
on December 6,2013 | 02:33PM
Wild on the New Mexico side, huh Allie?
on December 6,2013 | 02:54PM
localguy wrote:
With Officer Elias Montoya, you can't fix stupid. What was this babooze thinking when he opened fire on a van with children inside? An event where his life was never placed in danger. This "Rent a Cop" now will have a new career as a "Mall Cop" his standard. Good riddance.
on December 6,2013 | 03:24PM
st1d wrote:
now to arrest him for reckless endangering the lives of the children in the van as well as the driver. there's just no justification for shooting at this particular vehicle especially from the rear.
on December 6,2013 | 03:54PM
SteveToo wrote:
What a bunch of S-T-U-P-I-D people who think he did wrong. He was shooting at the tires not the van. Poor guy, S-H-I-T on by a bunch of liberals.
on December 6,2013 | 04:08PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
You say he was shooting at the tires, not the van. Okay, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. Now, if he had missed and killed or injured youngsters in the van, then what? All over a lousy speeding ticket? Officer Montoya displayed unbelievably stupid judgement. He is a liability for the state, opening up the taxpayers of New Mexico to a lawsuit which is sure to come. Thank God his aim was bad and no one was hit.
on December 6,2013 | 05:30PM
st1d wrote:
montoya exhibited a corrupt understanding of the use of deadly force not only when innocent (children in the van) people are in the line of fire but for when the use of deadly force is to be used.

even the chief of police agreed that his judgement was totally out of line with police goals, mission and the department's use of force guidelines.

on December 7,2013 | 08:21AM
buttery wrote:
New Mexico is a red state and they fired the stupid, careless, no thinking cop! Being liberal or conservative had nothing to do with his reckless reaction. Obviously, you can spell "STUPID" but you can't see "STUPID" and that could make you dangerous, like that "STUPID COP"!!!!!
on December 7,2013 | 08:49AM
Dizzle wrote:
Scary New Mexico side down there for sure, and they should slow down there, and why don't they eat more pizza down there...
on December 6,2013 | 06:56PM
808warriorfan wrote:
I'll bet if this did not make the news this officer would still be wearing a badge and weapon
on December 6,2013 | 09:32PM
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