Officer Fired for Shooting Into Van Full of Kids Plans Appeal

Cop shooting at minivan

The New Mexico State police officer who shot at a minivan full of children was fired from his job, ABC News reports.

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.

Cop shooting at minivan

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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    • http://youtu.be/mak76-CMvus kingstonn

      Smh. Idiot. :rolleyes:

    • Anna

      He should have been fired. He’s lucky he didn’t kill anyone. The mom is not innocent either, she put her kids lives in harms way.

    • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

      Has anyone interviewed her? I would love to know why she behaved the way she did. If I recall correctly all she had the in car was some paraphernalia.

    • iyonah

      Very glad to hear this, the police were overzealous. Who could blame the mom for driving off? He don’t even deserve benefits/pension or anything else to follow.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6tKJvWWDP4&feature=youtu.be JMO

      Kingston!!!!!!!!!!!! :hug:

    • https://www.facebook.com/ChanAndACamera iAmChan

      WTF is wrong with him

    • SOTHERNGRL

      THAT GIF THOUGH

    • luVn_liFe…

      All charges were dropped against mother and son after the case made world headlines.
      :smack:

      The officer should have been fired, the Mother was in the wrong completely on many levels.
      It didnt take the jerk off beating the window in and certainly NOT shooting at them

    • gbellab

      Elias Montoya pinche cabron pendejo!!
      He should have been arrested

    • OutsidetheBox

      War on Drugs = war on peepah. :no: Gots to do better.

      :newpost: is up as well.

    • luVn_liFe…

      C.T.H.U.
      at him beating that window in :no:

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      I hope all law enforcement officers learn a lesson from this case. Stop overreacting just because the driver is black. :no:

    • OutsidetheBox

      Has anyone interviewed her? I would love to know why she behaved the way she did. If I recall correctly all she had the in car was some paraphernalia.
      __________

      I havent read any explanation. I know she was prolly thinking they was gonna take the kids maybe?

      But imo he mustve been aggressive or something cause she drove off twice not just once. Seems wild. And police usually stick together… :shrug:

    • http://talkingwithtami.com/blog talkingwithtami

      What a dummy! That’s what his a** get! Smh! :tea:

    • RahrahRiah

      YES! Justice for my friend Oriana Lee!!!! Google her, she is a great charitable person in her community AND mom!!!:woohoo: