State cop shoots at minivan full of kids

KRQE 13 News – by Alex Goldsmith

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A simple traffic stop turned into a wild scene with a 14-year-old rushing a state cop, a high-speed chase and another officer firing at a fleeing minivan full of kids.

Now the driver and her son are facing charges while New Mexico State Police are investigating the officers involved.

It all started Oct. 28 on a state highway south of Taos. A State Police officer pulled over Oriana Ferrell’s minivan for going 71 mphr in a 55 mph zone. In the minivan with her were her five kids. The Taos News reports the children range in age from 6 to 18.

On dash cam video released to KRQE News 13 Friday you can see Ferrell and the officer argue after Ferrell couldn’t decide whether to pay the $126 fine or contest it in court. The officer instructs her to turn her vehicle off and stay put before walking back to his car.

But Ferrell drives off instead and the officer has to pull her over again. He doesn’t appear happy as he approaches the driver’s side door of the minivan. The officer yells for Ferrell to get out several times before reaching into the minivan to try and pull her out.

In the dash cam video, you can hear her children yelling for the officer to leave their mom alone and get off of her.

At one point Ferrell’s 14-year-old son gets out of the minivan and starts walking towards the officer, but the boy thinks better of it after the officer draws his Taser and points it at the boy. He gets back in the van while the officer continues his struggle to get Ferrell out of the minivan.

“Look, I’m going to ask you one more time to get out of the vehicle and then I’m going to pull you out, OK?” the officer said. “You’re already facing evading charges. You ran away from me.”

“Sir, I pulled back over, I didn’t run away,” Ferrell responded. “You see my children. I’m not doing anything wrong. I’m just trying to take them to the Rio Grande.”

Finally, Ferrell agrees to get out and talk with the officer behind the minivan. The conversation doesn’t last long. When the officer tells her to turn around, Ferrell bolts back towards her minivan. The officer grabs her and a struggle ensues.

That’s when her 14-year-old son gets out of the car again and rushes the officer. The boy and the cop have a short tussle. The officer draws his Taser again while the boy runs back into the minivan and closes the door.

As backup officers pull up, the officer pulls out his baton and smashes one of the rear windows as the family screams again. The minivan speeds off while another officer fires what appears to be three shots at the fleeing vehicle.

Ferrell leads State Police on a high-speed chase into Taos before giving herself up in front of a hotel.

Ferrell and her 14-year-old son are both arrested. The mother gets child abuse and fleeing charges as well as a misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. The Taos News reports that State Police claim they found two marijuana pipes in the minivan. Her son is charged with battery of an officer.

The family is reportedly from Memphis and was visiting New Mexico on an educational trip.

State Police are not releasing the names of the officers involved but say they are both under investigation for the incident.

9 thoughts on “State cop shoots at minivan full of kids

  1. Yes this must be appropriate behavior that they teach in their accadamy – ya know to open fire on a van full of young kids. If this isn`t what they are told is appropriate then why does it seem like daily behavior by cops.

    1. Heck icky, not only her cavity search but don`t forget what them perveted cops will do to young/little kids. Not to mention HHS getting involved.

  2. Wow … quite an educational road trip! I’d be willing to bet they won’t be returning to that state again for any reason.
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    1. oh it gets worse
      “I do plan to stay here,” she added. Maestas noted that Ferrell hoped to live in Pecos or Santa Fe while contesting the charges against her.

      “I cannot imagine someone going on the lam with five kids,” the defense attorney said.

      since there are no men to protect ppl in that state she had better get her kids and be gone you already know what they do to kids in the pedo circut called cps and you see the protection you get from the uni formed tards they sell to teh sheep as for your protection

  3. They had the vehicle’s plate, her license information, etc. The order for her to get out of the van was completely unnecessary. This is solely about the gestapos proving that they can and will abuse their authority on a daily basis. What kind of sick S.O.B. opens fire on a minivan full of kids?!? Over a speeding ticket?!? Seriously?!? The time is coming very soon when the American people will no longer be passive to police brutality. I’m sure the “investigation” of these officers will conclude with their actions being “justified and in line with police procedures”. They will probably get a promotion.

  4. Another state that hires scumbags for police. Much of this garbage is a result from hiring rejects from other departments around the nation, as well as people who where fired and rehired by states such as New Mexico. Las Vegas, NV is horrible in this way as well.

    But then, all police are turning into controlled zombies it seems. Soon it’s going to be open season on everybody, meaning these cops are going to be ending up laying in the street with their heads blown off.

  5. Did any of them cops get a drug test? It kind of looks like to me that they are all roided out. Just look at those arrogant bastards.

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