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Officer fired for shooting at minivan speaks out

Officer Fired For Shooting At Minivan Speaks Out

A New Mexico State Police officer is fighting to get his job back after he claims he unknowingly shot at a minivan full of children on October 28.

'My heart sank. I couldn't believe there was that many children in there. If I knew that there was even one child in that vehicle, I wouldn't have done it,' officer Elias Montoya said on 'Good Morning America.'

KRQE reports several New Mexico State Police officers responded after a woman became unruly over a speeding ticket. Dash camera footage caught the entire incident, and many people think the driver deserves a share of the blame. She is currently awaiting trial on charges of child abuse, fleeing police and misdemeanor drug possession of paraphernalia.

Montoya was fired for his actions because he violated the station's policy on use of deadly force. Montoya doesn't feel the incident should have cost him his job. 'I'm not shooting at a human being, I'm shooting at a tire,' he said.

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bcrnbs2 January 18 2014 at 12:21 PM

COPS ARE GOING HOME AT NIGHT AND WATCHING TO MANY VIOLENT COP SHOWS .
COPE IN BLACK NINJA COSTUMES , ARMED WITH HIGH TECK WEAPONS AND TAKING DOWN THE BAD GUYS. WITH BY STANDERS CHEERING THEM ON... NOT LIKE THE REAL COP SHOW OF YESTERYEAR, ONE ADAM 12 AND DRAGNET... TAKE TO TAKE THE VIOLENT COP SHOWS OFF THE AIR

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ladkraemer January 18 2014 at 12:20 PM

Even if the kids weren't in the car, their was no need to take the situation so far as to pull a weapon. she wasn't a hardened criminal. He had her info and could have gone to her house and had her arrested their. Sometimes police take situations to far when it would be better to let it go. Police need to take some training in dispute resolution so that minor things don't get out of hand. Also they need to talk to people like they would want to be talked to... I've been stopped by police and I've always been kind to them but they haven't been very nice back. They forget that the average person they stop is their employer and they are working for them.

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Gary January 18 2014 at 10:47 AM

He should be fired for being a lousy shot. That's pretty sad that he couldn't hit a tire from that close of range. He said he didn't know there were any kids in the vehicle? So what was he doing while some of them got out, deciding whether or not he was going to have the glazed or jelly? Even if he just arrived after the kids got back in, is it protocol to just start firing your gun at random without knowing what the situation is just because you see a vehicle fleeing the seen? People like this shouldn't have jobs that allow them to be armed with a dangerous weapon. It is absolutely necessary to relieve a person like this of his duties to serve and protect the public. To suspend him does no good you morons. This man has a borderline personality disorder and will always be susceptible to make these poor judgments.

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al12exb January 18 2014 at 10:22 AM

Reinstate the officer and give hime more fire arm training untile he can hit the mark. This was a crazy, abusive and unruly lady that violated many laws and is getting away with someones carreer. I believe the cop had justification.

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John January 18 2014 at 10:18 AM

Judging from what I see in regard to the way the woman is acting, I would have gotten very nervous, myself. Not enough to fire a gun, of course. He was certainly wrong, yes, but that woman should not be in charge of the development or the welfare/safety of children. She was speeding ... breaking the law and risking their safety... and second, children don't need to see that behavior from someone who is supposed to be setting an example. Trash breeds trash. Drug possession? Child abuse? Come on!

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rockin cain January 18 2014 at 10:23 AM

But somehow seeing their mom being abused on the side of the road is setting a good example by the cops,don't bother .Rember the kids had lethal rounds shot at them by cops who can't even prove she was speeding.

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rockin cain January 18 2014 at 10:18 AM

Because it was a bogus reason to pull her over,just ask a cop to let you see his radar gun ,or dash cam footage,the story would be a lot different.

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lkfman January 18 2014 at 10:25 AM

Are you posting these nonsensical comments from a jail cell? It's the only reason I can think of for being so anti-law enforcement. Talk about holding a grudge, wow!

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rockin cain January 18 2014 at 10:14 AM

She's being charged wit everything but speeding,Why?

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thanadar January 18 2014 at 10:10 AM

It should have been easy to see where the bullets struck the van (if any did). When shooting at a tire a trained cop is not apt to hit the target vehicle in the lethal mid section. The van wasn't bouncing up and down.
The cop was in a rage because his authority was challenged-- and that woman was going to be stopped, whatever the cost.

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terryriddle January 18 2014 at 10:09 AM

As a former DC police officer..no excuse for what he did. He was not in danger for his life nor was this a felon attempting to escape. Not only should he be fired but charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon. No excuse, none!! They have a license plate number and can always issue a warrant for the drivers arrest. These kinds of actions give policeman in uniform a bad name.

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lkfman January 18 2014 at 10:20 AM

Your opinion. I am not an officer, and yes, I have actually been arrested on 3 occasions, yet, I commend this officer for doing what he deemed necessary at the time. FYI, having complied with and respecting the officers that arrested me, I have yet to see even a pair of handcuffs. (DUI's)

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rockin cain January 18 2014 at 10:54 AM

They always cuff you ,don't lie .And it is breaking the law not to cuff you in those situations.

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rockin cain January 18 2014 at 10:58 AM

Or a least breaking protocal, like shooting into a van full of kids ,not cuffing you in an arrest will most likely get you fired or dead.

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rockin cain January 18 2014 at 10:07 AM

The reason they don't say how fast she was going is because they don't know if she was speeding or not ,it was just a random pull over.

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