New Mexico Mother Whose Van of Kids Was Shot At by Cops Speaks Out

Oriana Farrell says she was terrified when a 2013 traffic stop ended with officers shooting at her as she tried to flee with her kids inside.
3:22 | 09/03/14

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story that shocked the nation. Police firing on a minivan with a mother and her children inside following a routine traffic stop. Well, that mom and her kids are now speaking out for the very first time in an ABC news news exclusive and our Deborah Roberts is here with the story. Good morning. Hi, oriana Ferrell says she still hasn't been able to bring herself to watch that well-known video that's gone viral. It shows her in what you say was a routine traffic stop last October in a frightening confrontation with highway police. I'm feeling complete and utter fear. Reporter: It's the dash cam video seen nearly everywhere. A traffic stop gone horribly wrong. It's a day oriana Ferrell and her children say they will never forget. I started feeling very unsafe. I thought this guy is almost creating things to maybe create a ticket. Reporter: In her first television ticket, Ferrell says she was terrified during those harrowing moments when officers wrestled her out of her minivan on this New Mexico highway and shot at it as she drove away with her kids inside. I was feeling more and more unsafe. I started thinking about children who have been fought, families who have been shot. Started thinking about trayvon mart martin. Reporter: She says when he walks away from the car without giving her the ticket she drives away as soon as she isn't giving one. He gave me my license back. Think it's over, started putting out slowly. Like we do from any traffic stop. Reporter: That's when the officer chases her down. Get out of the vehicle. Get out of the vehicle right now. Reporter: Tries to pull at the re out of the car as her children scream. Were you thinking at all that maybe he's angry because I pulled away. Never thought it because I never thought I pulled away. Reporter: She says her confusion gave way to fear when the officer tries arresting her. Thinking his mom is in danger 15-year-old seek gets out of the car. He had his hands on her and that wasn't really okay to me. Reporter: Some kids at that point would have been terrified but you jumped right out. It's kind of my job. Reporter: Mopes later backup arrives. Open the door. Open the door. Reporter: A shaken Ferrell speeds away. Officer Elias Montoya fires three shots unaware of who is in the car. It was the most horrifying moment of my life. Reporter: No one was hurt but Ferrell says there's a lesson to be learned. Even if I was speeding that doesn't require being shot at at any point. Even if he thought I drove off, that didn't deserve us being shot at. This is a thorny legal case that's far from over. Officer Montoya who fired those shots was actually fired from the department but he's appealing that decision. As for Ferrell her lawyers say the charges against her will likely be dropped but they are awaiting that decision. Meantime, she's still living in them until with her children while they sort out the legal issues surround this case. Very frightening but probably more details to come once this is all ironed out. And the kids so composed. Very composed in spite it. More tips to come out. More details. Deborah has more details. Check out her revealing interviews tonight Ott "20/20." I'm sorry, it's Friday. I said tonight. Thank you so much.

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