Police shoot at van full of kids during traffic stop
Video Report By Steve Price, Reporter - bio | email
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A big investigation is underway Monday after police opened fire on a minivan full of children. The shooting was caught on the police officer's dashboard camera.
It's video that shows how quickly a situation can spiral out of control.
What started as a routine traffic stop led to a smashed window and shots fired. It started as a simple speeding ticket near Taos, New Mexico.
"I'll be right back - go ahead and turn the vehicle off for me."
But instead, Orianna Ferrel with her five kids inside the minivan drives away. The officer gives chase and Ferrel pulls over again.
"Get out of the vehicle - get out of the vehicle right now."
Emotions escalate as the officer tries to pull Ferrell out of the car. Her 14-year-old son gets out then retreats as the officer pulls out a taser.
"You're already facing evading charges right now - you ran away from me ok."
Ferrell finally agrees to get out of the car but when the officer tries to arrest her, she tries to get back inside the vehicle - leading to a struggle. Her son gets out of the van again to help his mom and gets physical with the officer - who chases him around the car.
Ferrell drives away again and another officer opens fire. The officer later said he was simply trying to shoot out the tires.
Former FBI assistant director John Miller says Ferrell definitely didn't help the situation by driving away but says the officers' actions were dangerous and inappropriate.
"This is a speeding ticket here," he said. "Rather than lose control of this incident, a trained officer is supposed to be slowing his down, not speeding it up, looking to say I've got five kids in the car, what's at stake here? A speeding ticket. How do I de-escalate this?"
Ferrell eventually pulled over at a hotel and both she and her son were arrested. The officers are currently under investigation.