Former Officer Elias Montoya’s lawyer says his client plans to appeal the termination.
Montoya has 30 days to appeal his firing to the Public Safety Advisory Commission, which is made up of civilians appointed by the governor, according to FOX News.
The incident took place on October 28 during a traffic stop. A minivan driven by Orianna Farrell, 39, was stopped by State Police Officer Tony DeTavis for speeding.
Farrell, from Memphis, TN, was ordered out of the vehicle, but she sped off instead. Cops gave chase and Farrell eventually pulled over. A police cruiser dash cam shows Montoya attempting to cuff Farrell, but Farrell and her 14-year-old son resisted arrest and she sped off after an officer used his baton to bash out a passenger window — showering glass on the screaming children inside.
Montoya wrote in his police report that he shot at a rear tire to disable the vehicle. But nothing in his report indicated that Farrell posed a danger to the officer’s life.
All charges were dropped against mother and son after the case made world headlines.
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