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Cop in Taos minivan shooting not getting job back

Updated: 03/14/2014 2:37 PM | Created: 03/14/2014 2:06 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

The state police officer fired after shooting at a minivan that had kids inside during a traffic stop in Taos, N.M., will not be returning to his job.

Tim Korte with the New Mexico Department of Finance confirms that the state and Elias Montoya have come to a mutual agreement that he would not get his job back.

"Elias Montoya has not come back to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, and there are no plans for him to do so. By law, we are prohibited from discussing details of the settlement," Korte wrote to KOB.

The incident took place last October when police pulled over a woman for speeding. Oriana Farrell drove away from the officer, and when she stopped a second time, the officer tried to get her out of the vehicle, but said Farrell's 14-year-old son confronted him.

That's when Montoya and another state police officer arrived to help. Dashboard camera video of the incident shows one officer hit the rear window of Farrell's minivan with a baton and Montoya firing three shots at a tire.

Farrell then led the officers on a high speed chase, ending with her arrest.

Farrell's five children were inside the van during the incident.

State police fired Montoya after an internal investigation in December. Montoya attempted to appeal his termination and gained a number of supporters in the community.


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