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New Mexico Officer Shot and Killed, Suspect in Custody

May 26, 2015  | 

Rio Rancho police officer Gregg Benner, 49, was shot and killed Monday. (Photo: Rio Rancho PD)
Rio Rancho police officer Gregg Benner, 49, was shot and killed Monday. (Photo: Rio Rancho PD)

A Rio Rancho, N.M., police officer died at the hospital after being shot late Monday night, and police are still searching for a suspect, reports KOAT.

The officer, identified as Gregg Benner, made a traffic stop near Southern and Pine Tree around 8 p.m. Monday. He and the suspects, a man and a woman, made contact, but the vehicle took off. The officer stopped the vehicle again and that's when Rio Rancho police said the situation turned violent.

Police said the suspects shot the officer. He was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Rio Rancho Police Captain Paul Rogers said Benner was a 49-year-old Air Force veteran who had been with the department about four years.

One person is in custody, but police put out a BOLO on the SUV the suspects reportedly fled in.

Comments (8)

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OTJBlue @ 5/26/2015 3:31 PM

Savages. Damn near one of us a day now lost to gunfire. Savages.

Jon Retired LEO @ 5/26/2015 3:57 PM

Honest to God, this country is getting as bad as the middle east when it comes to our first responders getting shot in the line of duty. And on a damn traffic stop, but they are as dangerous as a domestic in this day and age. My condolences to his family and his department. May he rest in peace and may the perps suffer horribly!

Doug @ 5/26/2015 4:06 PM

Serves our County then serves again with the P.D. I am about to the point to where I hope they don't take the shooter alive. Eye for an eye. God Bless Gregg Benner, I will pray for his family.

Jeff Hall @ 5/26/2015 4:33 PM

Rest easy my brother. May God be with his family blood and blue.

Richard Drutman @ 5/26/2015 4:38 PM

Where is our President when one of ours is shot and killed? Where is the indignation and condemnation of the criminals that continue to kill police without hesitation.

Don Daniel, jr. @ 5/26/2015 5:07 PM

Rest in Peace Brother. Prayers and best wishes for the family, friends and co-workers.

Shonna Pierce @ 5/27/2015 6:45 AM

Where is this president who made it clear which side he is on.....when will the killing of law enforcement officers be stopped? Praying for their families of this fine man and his agency.

Sgt. Mike @ 6/2/2015 6:51 AM

Things are going from bad to worse, and in the light of so much violence, it is hard to stay optimistic. I'm not being an alarmist or giving up, but I sure would like to see something stem the tide.

R.I.P. Officer Benner

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