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Video: Officers Investigated Over Wild N.M. Traffic Stop

November 18, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Officers Investigated Over Wild N.M. Traffic Stop

A late October traffic stop outside of Taos, N.M., 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.

Now the driver and her son are facing charges while New Mexico State Police are investigating the officers involved. The names of the officers have not been released, KRQE TV reports.

On Oct. 28 a New Mexico State Police officer pulled over Oriana Ferrell's minivan for going 71 mph in a 55 mph zone. In the minivan with her were her five kids.

Before the incident had ended, one NMSP officer had struggled with Ferrell and her 14-year-old son who got out of the van and attacked the officer, Ferrell had sped away from officers on two occassions, and an NMSP officer had opened fire on the van.



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SAC John @ 11/18/2013 2:51 PM

These Staties are totally out of control. Firing rounds into the vehicle, after they knew their were kids in it, bring dishonor to us all. What is happening to restraint? How do these nuts get away with it?

COOLMO @ 11/18/2013 3:26 PM

Out of control indeed. The kid rushed the officer because he was "defending" his mother? Unacceptable behavior and interpretation by the liberal news correspondent. SAC John must have watched a different version of this video. The officer who fired did not see any kids. He saw the male who assaulted an officer jump back in a vehicle that had already fled once.

Not saying the shots are justified, but the "out of control" behavior here lies with that entire family.

Kurt @ 11/18/2013 3:33 PM

Everything they did was fine except the guy firing into the car, I'm all for police bein able to do their job without the liberal media second guessin everything we do, but shooting into a fleeing vehicle that wasn' trying to hit another officer or shooting back is outta control period

Soupman @ 11/18/2013 3:41 PM

I wonder if the officer who fired shots heard the other officer breaking the window and thought it was gun fire. It could happen. Don't rush to judgement until all the facts are known.

M.Conner @ 11/18/2013 3:43 PM

You cannot assume the responding officer that fired his weapon did not know there were children in the vehicle. And you cannot assume dispatch notified responding officers who were in the vehicle. But appears pretty reckless discharging his weapon under the situation that appeared on the video.

John Russell @ 11/18/2013 4:04 PM

Did these CLOWNS for that is what they are CLOWNS even think for a minute this is not threat what so ever IF YOU CLOWNS want action to shoot and attack things I shall be glad to ship you to Mexico or North Korea I give you about one week before you go missing forever ? [email protected] @**es like this do this for one reason they do not feel threatened in other places you would not be able to carry out this bahaviour and"" YOU KNOW THIS""?

Capt. Crunch @ 11/18/2013 4:26 PM

The officer should not have fired at the vehicle there was no threat to life. I feel sorry for the children because they have a stupid mom. All the bit## had to do was sign the ticket.

Charles Sweatt @ 11/18/2013 5:07 PM

Shooting into a moving vehicle with children in it, is out of control and you cannot defend those kind of actions, The officers were not in a deadly force Situation. When you have been shot and shot at, you know when it is time to shoot. GTTS 32yearsLEO This Crap is what gives us all a bad name.

John @ IA retired @ 11/18/2013 6:41 PM

The national news reported that the mother was taking her kids on an educational trip. Some education!!!! Speeding, drug paraphernalia, no respect for authority, and not accepting responsibility. No wonder our children are growing up to act like such irresponsible idiots. However, the mother's actions did not justify shooting at the vehicle. Thank god the children were not injured.

Lee @ 11/19/2013 12:50 AM

Unless the officer who fired the shots can somehow can justify that they were an immediate threat to life and safety of others if they got away (which based on the video ((not the facts of the report etc.)) he cannot) then the shooting is not good at all....other than that, I see no problem with anything else....

Rainer @ 11/19/2013 1:44 AM

After watching the video I can say: most actions are absolutly correct.
The male doesnt look as a 14 old "kid". He looks to me as a minimum 18-19 old and very aggressiv man!
The woman seams to be mentally...mmh...well...a little bit special...... she has big problems with authorities.....and now some more I guess.

In the video you can hear the other kids no shots on the fleeing car in this special situation. The officer could´nt see the target he shot at, so why did he shoot?? Only his action would have to be investigated.

And for John Russell: you dont need to be in a warzone to face a have it everyday on your streets! These "clowns" did a propper job. What started as a rountine stop ended in this mess...and only "supermom" an her son are responsable for this (except the shots).

Mike Dishman @ 11/19/2013 4:49 AM

SAC John, where did you learn to spell? "Their "should be "there." In the heat of the moment what would you have done? You have to place yourself in"their"shoes. Did the second officer know that there were kids in the back seat? Maybe or maybe not. I believe that the officer should not have fired at the vehicle. And that is what will get the officer in hot water. What would a prudent person do in that same situation?

Ivy Bush @ 11/19/2013 4:57 AM

John Russell--go easy on the name calling. You may need one of those "clowns" to defend YOU some day. Your attitude seems to match the driver of the car. Are you related?

JH @ 11/19/2013 5:41 AM

Did some looking around at other reports on this case, because I was curious why she finally stopped at a hotel. Lots of witnesses, and security cameras would be my guess. Also there are obvious editing gaps in the video footage shown above. During my digging some interesting facts came to light.. 1. While the commentary does make mention of an argument over the ticket for the alleged speeding violation. What it does not include is that the cop was demanding the woman pay 130$ on the spot to pay the fine, or that she returns to Taos, NM to contest the ticket before a judge. 2. The video is edited to portray that she drives off while the officer goes back to his car. According to the officer's own report. "After being issued the citation." the officer wrote. Ferrell proceeded to drive north in her Kia Sedona minivan after declining to pay the fine or return to Taos to contest it before a judge." Note the *After being issued the citation part*....

tuna @ 11/19/2013 2:28 PM

I am dumbfounded at, what seems to be a veteran police officer, obviously a full timer because he is a state police officer, is going through his head. I don't even think I would get amped up over this call. I would probably laugh it off, call it in, get a warrant and deal with it later. looks to me like this guy just pissed his pension down the tubes.... think about yourself always always first!!!!

Badger State Cop @ 11/20/2013 6:22 AM

The comments here have left me wondering what we have come to. 1. The mother obviously made very poor choices and had she cooperated this wouldn't have escalated. 2. For JH, it is common practice in many parts of the US for law enforcement to request an out of state driver to either post bond or see a judge. The stop is not over just because a citation was issued. 3. As a firearms instructor I cannot understand the rationale or justification for firing at the vehicle as it is driving away, given the circumstances. 4. Charles, when you have been shot and shot at you know when it is time to shoot? If you are a police officer and the only time you are planning on firing your weapon is when you are shot or shot at, you have been woefully and improperly trained.

JH @ 11/20/2013 10:17 AM

Badger State Cop, I appreciate your reply. I still have some questions, perhaps you can help clarify. Is it possible that after being given the citation.. would she not have reasonably assumed that she was free to leave? And upon being pulled over a second time. From the officers report this was half a mile from the initial stop. At this time she is told that she was going to be arrested for evading. Is it not unreasonable then for her to fear for her own safety, or that of her children, in that if she was arrested they would be taken from her? Especially when being confronted by an obviously aggressive officer? Who by the way is a boot with less then 5 months on the force. His own report as I mentioned in my initial post, was that she was driving north. The traffic stop took place on SR 518. The chase lasted 4 minutes, and stopped at a Hotel lobby in Talpa NM. Talpa is south of Taos NM....(continued....

JH @ 11/20/2013 10:19 AM

...So is it possible after she received the citation she was driving north to Taos to contest the citation to a judge. Is it possible that this rookie trooper simply over reacted to the situation, and decided since they argued about paying the traffic fine then, and there, that she was not going to pay it at all?

Johnny Law @ 11/21/2013 9:53 AM

Mother and son should have been arrested for their acts! The officer that fired the shots will not be fired or lose his pension because he was not shooting into the van but at the rear tires! That is why no one in the van was injured at point blank range. The veteran officer tried to shoot out the tires. Not going to judge the officer cause I was not there, but he had fellow officers pretty close to the van as he was shooting. Glad no one was hurt and the criminals went to jail.

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