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Candlelight Vigil For Slain Officer

Rio Rancho police officer Gregg Benner, 49, was trying to make a routine traffic stop before 28-year-old Andrew Romero allegedly opened fire killing him Monday night, according to the Rio Rancho police chief. Benner was shot near the public library on Southern Boulevard and Pinetree Road SE around 8 p.m., Police Chief Michael Geier said. Geier said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon that Benner was a four-year veteran of the department and is survived by his wife and five adult children. Benner was a “hard-working, very motivated officer,” who started with the department on Feb. 1, 2011, after a career in the Air Force, Geier said.

Source: ABQ Journal