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Officer Elias Montoya, who made the headlines recently by firing three bullets at a minivan loaded with a mom and her five children during an unsuccessful traffic stop attempt just outside of Taos, N.M, is no longer employed by the N. M. State Police.

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CBS News reported today that confirmation of Montoya’s firing was provided yesterday by a state police spokesperson. Montoya's termination was effective as of 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec.6.

Montoya’s firing is the direct result of a highly publicized and resulting viral video of an Oct. 28 traffic stop gone horribly wrong near Taos.

The video showed Montoya shooting at the minivan as a Memphis, Tenn., woman drove away from a chaotic traffic stop after an officer knocked out her van's window with a baton.

Oriana Farrell, 39, the mother driving the minivan on that fateful day, was pulled over by Montoya for speeding.

Chaos ensued as the mom resisted arrest with two of her older children jumping in and out of the van, Montoya knocking out one of her van's window with his police baton, while the five kids inside the minvan were all screaming bloody murder.

Eventually, Farrell just sped away from the traffic stop.

… Montoya fired three shots at the minivan, which was also was carrying Farrell's five children. Montoya wrote in a police report that he aimed "at the left rear tire in an attempt to immobilize the vehicle."

A police car chase ensued with speeds reaching up to almost 100 mph.

Montoya and his backup finally caught up with the mom and her minivan as the video shows her and her son getting down on the ground during the ultimate arrest.

Oriana Farrell has since been released on bond, but only after being charged with child abuse and fleeing. She was also charged with misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession regarding a few pot pipes police discovered inside the minivan.

In an interesting side note, ex-officer Montoya reportedly purchased dinner for the entire Farrell family from a nearby McDonald's while the mom was being booked.

Montoya has 30 days to appeal his termination from the N. M. State Police, with whom he’s been employed for the last 12 years.

See the crazy video accompanying this article to see Montoya and the Farrell family in action.

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