May 27, 2015

Greg Benner - Police Officer Fatality in Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Officer Greg Benner, age 49, died in the line of duty on May 25, 2015, at a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Greg Benner
Officer Benner was a member of the Rio Rancho Police Department. He had 4 years of service. 

Rio Rancho is a city of over 90,000 and is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan area. 

Greg Benner was nicknamed "Nigel" by many of his friends. 

Greg was just about at the end of his shift and was making a traffic stop on a city street at approximately 8:15 pm. Two occupants of the vehicle, a man and a woman, fled the scene and Greg pursued them for a short distance when one of the subjects opened fire, striking Greg. The vehicle fled again. 

Greg was rushed to a nearby hospital where tragically he died of his injuries. 

One of the suspects was arrested later in the night and one still remains at large. 

Anyone wishing to contribute to the expenses of the family can contribute at any Wells Fargo Branch to Bank Account No. 2514262472. 

Greg was a retired U.S. Air Force veteran. 
Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for
Greg and for those who have lost him.
Many in the community of Rio Rancho are shaken by this tragedy. 

Friends stated that Greg deeply loved his wife, Julie. He had always said that he was lucky to have married her. He was an avid cyclist.  He was fun-loving and was the first to step up to help you if you needed help. 

The Rio Rancho Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. Greg was well-liked and well-respected by his comrades. He was hardworking, loyal and dedicated to helping his community. He will be forever remembered.

Greg's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Greg is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Julie; his 2 adult children and 3 adult step-children.

Thank you for your service to your country and to your community, Greg. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to strangers. Amen.

Pray that Greg is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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