Cop's 'Heart Sank' On Realizing Shots Fired At Minivan Full Of Kids | Roland Martin Reports

Cop’s ‘Heart Sank’ On Realizing Shots Fired At Minivan Full Of Kids

Source: Ryan Owens / ABC News

A former New Mexico state police officer who fired shots at a minivan during a chaotic traffic stop last year had no idea the vehicle was full of children and his “heart sank” when he finally realized it, he told ABC News in an exclusive interview.

Elias Montoya, 53, was terminated in December after he fired three shots at the vehicle carrying a mother and her five children ranging in ages from 6 and 16. Montoya fired the shots after a routine traffic stop evolved into an intense encounter that included a high-speed chase.

“My heart sank when they finally stopped and I was at the passenger side at that time seeing them get out at gunpoint again,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it that there were that many children in there.”

Video from a police cruiser’s dashboard camera taken during the Oct. 28 traffic stop showed Montoya shooting at the minivan three times in Taos, N.M. The video garnered national attention.

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  • Roland, thank you for sharing.

    What is happening in America? What happened to “Do not make the cop mad, he has the gun?”

    Wayne
    Luvsiesous.com

    • Keneisha Fountain

      I am more so wondering why would any cop open fire at a vehicle during a routine traffic stop, if he was not being fired upon?

  • Keneisha Fountain

    I am more so wondering, @el_guero2000:disqus , why would any cop open fire at a vehicle during a routine traffic stop, if he was not being fired upon?

  • Sarah Sadie

    The police are suppose to be protectors instead of the aggressor. Working with the public is a hard job but every difficult person doesn’t deserve to be shot at or shot dead by the police. Three male cops who couldn’t handle one black female and a skinny teenage boy… how sad! Even if the cop didn’t know who was in the van there was no reason to shoot because no one was shooting at him.

  • 1_teamJalen3

    As long as he was terminated!