VIDEO: Cops Tell Knife-Wielding Double Homicide Suspect Not To Move; He Moved

The Morgan County Sheriff's Office has released dashcam footage of the May 24 encounter with Dustin Montano.

Fort Morgan, CO – The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office has released dashcam footage that captured the moment a double homicide suspect barreled out of a vehicle with a knife in his hand (video below).

Dustin Brian Montano, 31, was accused of fatally stabbing his aunt, 53-year-old Desert Storm veteran Deborah Martinez, and his cousin, 17-year-old Irisa Montano, at their Albuquerque, New Mexico home on May 24, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

According to Albuquerque police, Montano murdered the mother and daughter after Martinez refused to allow him to establish a marijuana distribution business out of her home, where he had been residing for two months, The Denver Post reported.

Montano then sent text messages to other relatives in Sterling, a community north of Fort Morgan, and told them he was going to murder them as well, Morgan County Sheriff Jim Crone said in a news release, according to The Denver Post.

Police in New Mexico told the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office that Montano fled in a stolen red Volkswagen Jetta, and that he was possibly suicidal and believed to be armed, Sheriff Crone said.

At approximately 7:38 a.m., the stolen Jetta was spotted in the Fort Morgan Walmart parking lot.

Sheriff Crone and Morgan County Undersheriff Dave Martin drove to the store in unmarked patrol vehicles, and waited nearby for Montano to return to the Jetta.

“I’ve got suspect approaching his vehicle right now,” one of the law enforcement officers at the scene radioed, the dashcam footage showed. “I’m getting ready to roll up here.”

“I’m here with you,” another officer said, as he drove past the front of the store towards the suspect vehicle.

Sheriff Crone, Undersheriff Martin, one deputy and two Colorado State Patrol troopers quickly converged on the vehicle, and parked around it to cut off any escape routes, The Denver Post reported.

Dashcam footage showed the open driver’s door of the Jetta, as the officers ordered Montano not to move.

“The suspect slammed the door and at that point Sheriff Crone felt the suspect would start the car and ram his patrol vehicle in an attempt to get out,” the department said in the news release, according to The Denver Post.

A second later, the driver’s door “suddenly flew open,” Sheriff Crone explained.

The officers said they believed Montano was prepared to fight or to run, based on the force he used to shove the door open.

The suspect then raised his right hand, and the officers said they initially believed he was holding a handgun.

Undersheriff Martin said Montano looked him straight in the eyes, and that he believed the suspect planned to kill him.

Sheriff Crone and Undersheriff Martin both opened fire, and Montano collapsed onto the ground.

The officers fired eight rounds, and Montano was hit seven times in the leg, arm, and torso, The Denver Post reported.

Investigators determined that Montano actually had a knife in his hand as opposed to a gun, and said the weapon was believed to be the same knife he used to murder his cousin and aunt.

“Why didn’t you just shoot me in the [expletive] head?” Montano yelled at the officers, according to the news outlet. “Just kill me.”

Montano was rushed to the hospital, where 150 pints of blood was wasted on him during the effort to save his life.

He was pronounced dead the following day.

On Sep. 7, Morgan County District Attorney Brittny Lewton determined that the officers’ use of deadly force was justified.

Sheriff Crone said that he and the undersheriff had a combined 50 years of law enforcement experience, and that they had been involved in numerous “armed confrontations” during their careers.

Sheriff Crone said he used deadly force in 1978 when he was stabbed by a suspect, but that he and Undersheriff Martin had otherwise never resorted to such measures until their encounter with Montano.

“When confronting a man who was a suspect in a homicide, was presumably armed and dangerous, and in a conscious effort to disregard commands and come out of the car aggressively with a knife [which we initially saw as a handgun], the suspect left us with little choice,” Sheriff Montano said.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Montano also fatally stabbed another man during a fight in Austin when he was 18 years old.

He was convicted of manslaughter, and served ten years in prison.

You can watch video of the incident below:

Comments (107)
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Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

I wonder if stricter federal blood control laws would have prevented this tragedy of the wasted 150 pints of blood that could have went to someone more worthy?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

that was unjustified. police execution of a murderer. looks like they will get away with it, but this was worse than the laquan shoot.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

This man was a murderer with intent to murder some more relatives - I'd say the police did a good thing here by stopping him by any means necessary.

theresa3742
theresa3742

hISPANIC trash.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

He should have shot a handful of cops first, then surrendered. He might still be alive.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Not only did he comply with the order to get his hands up, the shots started when he was still seated in his vehicle.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Also, letting him get back into his car was a stupid maneuver. While the police officers were not in the forward or reverse paths of the car (which is good), he could have gotten away. Personally, I think they let him get back to the car so that they might have an excuse to shoot him. If so, then police created a greater risk to the other WAL*MART shoppers and store employees, which is not good.

hangemhigh
hangemhigh

The important thing is that the guy is dead and won't be killing anyone else. From the camera angle it's hard to tell exactly what the killer was doing as he exited the vehicle. Good shoot and at least enough holes that he bled to death.

Jamest1148
Jamest1148

They wasted 150 pints of blood trying to save his life? They should have used Flex Seal!

Bob480hivolt
Bob480hivolt

He earned the stupid prize! Wonder what part of don't move he didn't understand!

Lamont Cranston
Lamont Cranston

I know how MARTIN felt when he saw the look into Montano's eyes.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Another waste of oxygen POS is dead!!! Saving tax payers thousands!! Woohoo!!

61mouse
61mouse

This is how they all should end

Moktor
Moktor

Ew... "Don't move!" "Put your hands up!" ...he puts his hands up, gets shot...

I mean...

GForce48
GForce48

The only bad news in this event is that 150 pints of blood was wasted on this piece of human garbage!

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

So he gets out with his hands up and thy shoot him?? Good thing he is white or there would be riots in the streets over this one. I do like the exaggeration of the first sentence. He barreled out of the vehicle. He stepped out with his hands in the air...and they shot him. Another police execution.

Talker2318
Talker2318

Don't move! means don't move.

Oneabee
Oneabee

99% of the time I am on the side of the cops. But... Come on guys! He stepped out with his hands in the air... I get it, he was a piece of shit. But still, the cops in this video need better training! Holy shit, they should all be up on charges!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I heard 3 people yelling 3 different things. What I did not here was empty your hands.

Maybe if 3 cops weren't yelling different shit at the same time, this guy could have complied.

RetiredEducator
RetiredEducator

Hands up but hands not empty...

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Here's the bottom line folks. If you are a bad guy doing bad shit and a bunch of cops come at you guns drawn, the word freeze comes to mind.