Former state police officer involved in 2013 Farrell shooting now a Taos Co. deputy

KOB 4 News – by Kai Porter

Elias Montoya, the former New Mexico State Police officer who was fired from the department after shooting at a minivan containing Oriana Farrell and her kids in 2013, was hired by and is now working for the Taos County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy.

Montoya started work Monday, and is currently training at the County Detention Center.  

After making the drive to Taos Tuesday on the word of the sheriff that Montoya would do an interview, Montoya declined at the last minute.

Back in October 2013, Montoya was captured on dash cam video firing at Farrell’s minivan during a police chase through the county. Her five children were also inside the van.

Taos Co. Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe says Montoya was chosen from 17 applicants to fill just one of two available positions.

“He was in good standing and had no other pending internal matters prior to [the Farrell incident],” Hogrefe said. “His work history was very good.”

After being fired by state police, he was offered his job back, but refused to take it and resigned.

Sheriff Hogrefe says Montoya has a clean record.

“Nothing from DPS [or] the training academy pertaining to his certification or qualifications…so he has a clean work history,” Hogrefe said.

The sheriff defended Montoya’s actions in the dash cam video, saying Montoya didn’t know there were kids in the van and that he believed the driver had a gun.

“I cannot fault anyone for making a split-second decision,” Hogrefe said.

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4 thoughts on “Former state police officer involved in 2013 Farrell shooting now a Taos Co. deputy

  1. He was ‘fired but offered his job back’! These criminal bastards had reason to fire him, (criminal act, public pressure) then , when it calms down, rehire. These pr#@ks need to be in prison. Not shooting at kids. I just lost another big chunk of respect for leo. I didn’t have hardly any to begin with.

  2. Didn’t know there were Kids in the Van? Thought the driver had a gun? I have watched the video and at least the teenager is seen. She states if I remember correctly that there are children in the van. Clean work history. The guy is a Scumbag and will get what he deserves hopefully sooner that later in life.

    Taos and Taos county are corrupt. i am just happy that I have visited NM & for that fact Az and seen and done many things there.

  3. “Taos Co. Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe says Montoya was chosen from 17 applicants to fill just one of two available positions.”

    See that? Seventeen other people wanted the job, but they decided on the lunatic who opened fire on a van full of kids.

    Police departments WANT psychopaths. They’re they preferred applicant, and this article proves it.

  4. someone should be concerned enough to keep an eye on this guy..

    we should be watching Jack holes like this

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