Chief Michael Geier of the Rio Rancho Police Department sadly reports the death of Officer Gregg Benner.

Officer Benner, 49, died as a result of a gunshot wound he sustained during a traffic stop. Officer Benner made a traffic stop of a vehicle occupied by two individuals. After making contact with them and walking back to his patrol vehicle, the suspect vehicle fled the stop. A short distance later, the suspect vehicle stopped again. When Officer Benner recontacted them a second time, one of the occupants opened fire and wounded him. The suspects fled a second time.

Officer Benner was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Officer Benner was a four year veteran of the Rio Rancho Police Department and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He is survived by is wife, two children, and three step children, all adults. He was also expecting two grandchildren.

Officer Gregg Benner-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Monday, May 25, 2015.

Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow

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