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Caught on Camera: NM police fire on minivan filled with kids, mom

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LOS ANGELES - A 39-year-old mother of five, Orianna Ferrel, is pulled over for speeding by a New Mexico state police officer just north of Santa Fe. The officer's dash camera captures them arguing.

“I'll be right back. Turn off your vehicle,” the officer instructs her.

But Ferrell drives off instead. The officer pursues and pulls her over again. Emotions escalate.

"Get out of the vehicle! Get out of the vehicle," the officer yells.

Ferrell doesn't budge but her fourteen year old son jumps out.  He retreats when the officer pulls out his taser.

"You're facing evading charges.  You ran away from me,” explains the officer.

Finally, she gets out. Then, she appears to ignore the officer and struggles to get back inside.  Out comes her son again. This time he scuffles with the officer. He runs backs to the car. The family is locked inside. The officer smashes the window with his baton.  

As Ferrell drives off again, another officer arrives and fires at least three shots at the van with the five children inside.  After a 10 minute, high speed chase, Ferrell finally stops.  She and her son are arrested.  

In court, the DA charged Ferrell with five counts, including child endangerment, resisting arrest and reckless driving. Her son was charged with battery.  Ferrell's attorney said she was scared. The judge called this video disturbing and puzzling. The two officers involved are under investigation.  

In a statement, New Mexico's state police chief said, “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."
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