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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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Christine January 17 2014 at 5:53 PM

Yes, you should lose your job! You don't fire at a car full of children. Yes, the driver shares the blame and should go to prison, but the officer didn't care about the small innocent children in the car. I don't want someone like that protecting me.

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sbrooks103 January 17 2014 at 7:03 PM

Is Rule One for shooting "Know what you are shooting at?"

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Frank January 17 2014 at 9:21 PM

Fired ? He should have been PROSECUTED for Criminal Endangerment !

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Watts Family Frank January 17 2014 at 9:36 PM

agreed

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ajhill355tx January 17 2014 at 7:05 PM

There is a death sentence on speeding in New Mexico?

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wolf.at.lazy January 17 2014 at 9:02 PM

Fire the idiot, and let us shoot at his tires while his family is in the car.

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surferlaments wolf.at.lazy January 17 2014 at 9:19 PM

actually, that was a good point.

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Geneva January 17 2014 at 7:21 PM

Police are WAY overstepping their bounds. Really, you are not shooting at a person, just a tire? A blown out tire can flip a car and kill everyone in it.
Since when is shooting at someone who is unruly over a speeding ticket EVER justified.

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oakmoon2004 Geneva January 17 2014 at 7:28 PM

When they get out of their car and attempt to assault you

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John oakmoon2004 January 17 2014 at 7:41 PM

Funny, this fat gun loaded 'cop' is afraid of a women with kids--give me a break!

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pcfriar66 January 17 2014 at 7:22 PM

Not only was the shooting totally unjustified, but, he showd a smart ass atitude wityh his statement "I was only shooting at a tire, not at children. And how far from the tire were the children?. Try 3 or 4 feet. And the car was moving. He deserves to be prosecuted for deparaved indifference to human llife. The fact that the children were not clearly visible is irrelevant as any shooting under those circumstances is unjustified. His smart ass remark aboutthe "tire" is what may have made the difference between being suspended and being fired.

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montgomerybikerrichards January 17 2014 at 7:22 PM

JUST ANOTHER HIGH SPEED METER MOLLY WITH A GUN BEING "MACHO." JUST REMEMBER, PEOPLE CARRY GUNS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THOSE THAT DO.... ON BOTH SIDE OF THE LAW. HANG ON TO YER GUNS, CUZ THE "BIG BROTHER" GUYS ARE AFTER ALL OF US!

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palmspringslife January 17 2014 at 7:25 PM

Sadly far too many cops today have a "Billy the Kid' mentality with shooting people. I understand there are some serious whacky people out there, and it isn't an easy job being a cop....but too many questionable shootings by cops in the news today.

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rhill65 January 18 2014 at 8:52 AM

Didn't the video also show one officer saying 'Do You Want To Do This Infronbt Of Your Kids?

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