Fired officer shocked kids were in van he shot at

TAOS, N.M. (AP) – A fired New Mexico State Police officer says his heart sank when he learned after shooting at a fleeing minivan that there were children in the vehicle.

Elias Montoya says in an interview with ABC-TV ( ) that he wouldn’t have fired at the vehicle if he had known even one child was inside.

Montoya was shooting at the vehicle’s tires but he missed. Nobody was hit by the three shots he fired during a chaotic traffic stop near Taos on Oct. 28. Video of the incident garnered national attention.

Montoya says all he could see through the minivan’s tinted windows were silhouettes of heads.

He is appealing his dismissal.

The minivan’s driver, 39-year–old Oriana Farrell of Memphis, Tenn., awaits trial on charges of child abuse and other crimes.