New Mexico police officer suspended after shooting at minivan full of kids


A New Mexico State Police officer who fired at a minivan full of children during a traffic stop last month has been suspended.

Officer Elias Montoya has been suspended with pay pending a disciplinary investigation into a traffic incident that took place near the town of Taos, New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas told The Associated Press Thursday.

The incident was captured by a dashboard camera on the police vehicle. As driver Oriana Farrell drives away from a traffic stop inwhich another officer bashed her van's window with his stick, Montoya can be seen shooting at the vehicle full of kids as young as six.

Farrell then takes off on a four-minute high speed chase into Taos and cutting in the wrong way traffic before eventually pulling over and giving up in front of a hotel. She and her 14-year-old son were later arrested.

The woman had been stopped for speeding and fled twice after arguing with an officer. 

The video garnered national attention, and Kassetas said he would launch an internal investigation, according to the AP.

The Associated Press contributed to this report