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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