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Police officer and his wife take in 5 children after father was fatally shot
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LAS VEGAS ,NV - A Las Vegas police officer is going well 'beyond the call,’ he and his wife are adopting five children who lost their dad.

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North Las Vegas police officer Nicholas Quintana always wanted a big family, but he and his wife never thought they'd suddenly jump from having zero children to five.

On January 14, Quintana answered a dispatch call for shots fired at a home.

One parent is alleged to have killed the other, leaving five children at the house with no one to care for them.

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"I did something that I had never done before and I came back to this particular incident, I told him, hey, make me a promise, I want you to promise me that you'll learn to forgive," said officer Quintana.

Their experience is something he can relate to.

His own father was killed by a relative when Quintana was just a child.

"It's impossible to forget things, right. Especially things that hurt us most. But that lesson to say, hey, you know what, I don't hold this against you anymore. I love you. Okay. That took a broad, that took a long time to happen, a while to happen," added Quintana.

And he felt eager to help these kids face their trauma.

So, after the incident, when he got off his shift at 3 a.m. he couldn't wait to tell his wife he wanted to bring all five kids home.

"I believe god placed on my heart and you know, I want, what are your thoughts on it? And her initial response was, is this a dream?"

She agreed to meet the children who had a slim chance of being taken into a foster home together when they invited the kids to live with them.

"The 17-year-old, you know, she listened, and she does all of this. And I said, yeah, I want to take every single one of you," Quintana said.

An act earning the support and praise of his fellow officers and even the chief of police.

Now for the couple, days are filled morning to night with preparing a lot more meals, getting children to and from school and therapy appointments.

Quintana says most parents have the opportunity to grow with their kids from dirty diapers to teenage tantrums but learning how to be a father on the fly this past month, to kids ranging from age 6 to 17 has been an exciting challenge.

When asked what he was most afraid of, he answered, "failure. I told you before, I didn't have a father figure growing up and I don't want to fail at it."

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