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Statement by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez on the Fatal Shooting of Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg Benner

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez released the following statement today regarding the fatal shooting of Gregg Benner, 49, a Police Officer with the Rio Rancho Police Department:

 “The fatal shooting of Officer Gregg Benner strikes at the very core of the values we hold dear.  Officer Benner was a committed and courageous public servant, dedicated to our community and was devoted to our security.  He exemplified the very best that our Country has to offer in the performance of his duties.  The thoughts and prayers of the law enforcement community are with Officer Benner’s family and loved ones throughout this difficult time.  As we go forward, the Department of Justice intends to honor his service and sacrifice by continuing to fight for our shared values, and defending the American people he proudly served.

 “The murder of this man is a devastating reminder that the work our brave police officers perform every day is extremely dangerous, profoundly heroic, and deeply deserving of our unequivocal support.  All Americans owe these courageous public servants a debt of gratitude.”

Updated May 26, 2015