Update: Officer In New Mexico Van Shooting Fired
Last month, video was released which showed a confrontation between 39-year-old mother of five, Orianna Ferrell, of Tennessee, and New Mexico police. Ferrell was seen being pulled over for speeding by a New Mexico state police officer just north of Santa Fe. The officer’s dash camera captured them arguing.
Ferrell fled twice during the traffic stop.
The standoff finally ended when another officer arrives and fires at least three shots at the van with the five children inside. After a 10-minute, high-speed chase, Ferrell finally stops. Ferrell has since been released on bond. She faces charges of child abuse, fleeing and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia for a pair of marijuana pipes that authorities say were in the van.
One of the officers involved in the shooting was fired.
Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez, a State Police spokesman, said he confirmed with State Police Chief Pete Kassetas that Officer Elias Montoya was no longer employed by the department. Montoya’s termination was effective at 5 p.m. Friday.
Montoya has 30 days to appeal his firing to the Public Safety Advisory Commission, which is made up of civilians appointed by the governor.
Montoya wrote in a police report that he aimed “at the left rear tire in an attempt to immobilize the vehicle.”
Chad Pierce, president of the New Mexico State Police Association, has said the union will make sure “due process is followed” and that Montoya receives a fair disciplinary hearing.
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