NM Officers Under Investigation For Firing At Minivan With 5 Kids Inside
SANTA FE, N.M. (CBS Las Vegas) — An investigation has been launched into two New Mexico State Police officers after they fired on a minivan carrying five children during a high-speed chase.
CBS News reports the incident occurred last month when they pulled over Orianna Ferrell, a 39-year-old mother of five, for speeding near Santa Fe.
A dashboard camera captures one of the officers talking with Ferrell, asking her to turn the vehicle off for him, but she ends up driving off. She then gets pulled over a second time as the officer yells: “Get out of the vehicle. Get out of the vehicle right now.”
The video shows her son getting out of the vehicle to confront the officer, but quickly retreats when the officer pulls out a Taser. The woman gets out of the minivan, and when she tries to get away from him to get back into the vehicle, the son comes out again, physically confronting the officer.
The mother and the son jump back into the minivan as the officer takes out his baton and begins smashing the windows.
As backup comes, another officer fires at least three shots at the van as it was pulling away.
After a 10-minute chase, the mother and son were apprehended, with four others in the car.
Ferrell was charged with five counts, including child endangerment, resisting arrest and reckless driving, while her son was charged with battery.
New Mexico Police Chief Pete Kassetas said in a statement action could be taken against the two officers.
“If the investigation determines that the officer improperly discharged his firearm in this case, we will take swift action because improperly using a firearm isn’t tolerated by the State Police,” Kassetas told CBS News.
Ferrell and her son have been released.