Login | About Us | Contact Us | Search Connect With ODMP Facebook Twitter
ODMP Remembers...

Police Officer Gregg Anthony Rio Rancho Police Department, New Mexico

Police Officer

Gregg Anthony "Nigel" Benner

Rio Rancho Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Monday, May 25, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 163

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Two apprehended

· Leave a Reflection
· Add to My Heroes
· Update this memorial

Share this memorial:
Email to a Friend

Police Officer Nigel Benner was shot and killed while making a traffic stop near the intersection of Pinetree and Southern Roads at approximately 8:15 pm.

Officer Benner was about to go off-duty when he spotted a vehicle driving in an erratic manner. Inside that vehicle was a female driver and her boyfriend. The two were driving around Rio Rancho looking for a home to burglarize. When Officer Benner activated his light, the vehicle stopped. Officer Benner approached and began to speak with the female driver and he obtained identification from her. The passenger however, provided false identification information to the officer. After conducting a computer check, Officer Benner returned to the suspect's vehicle to question them further, but the suspects fled in the vehicle.

Officer Benner pursued the vehicle for a short distance before the passenger shot his girlfriend in the foot, and pushed her from the vehicle. Officer Benner stopped to check on her well being, and then continued to pursue the suspect. A short distance away, the suspect shot Officer Benner several times. Wounded, Officer Benner walked back toward the female and asked "What was his name?", before collapsing.

Officer Benner was transported to UNM Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The female suspect was arrested at the scene. The male suspect was arrested later that evening after robbing a gas station at gunpoint.

Officer Benner was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Rio Rancho Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and three stepchildren.

Leave a Reflection · Update Memorial

View all 265 Reflections

Most Recent Reflection

Today was a good day bro! The POS that took you from this world was found guilty on all 7 counts connected with your murder. I hope you can rest in peace knowing Julie fought so hard to bring that scum to justice. There will be appeals and other bs but today confirmed what we all already knew...that you were taken by the embodiment of pure evil and he was brought to justice. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you Nigel. You were a good cop, great brother and one hell of s human being. Thank you for making this immeasurable sacrifice to keep the people of Rio Rancho safe. Rest in peace and keep watching over us, yes I still feel you sometimes looking out for me!

Officer
Seattle Police Department
September 23, 2016

 

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now:

(will show below Reflection)
(will show below Reflection)
(e-mail remains private)
Remember my rank, agency and email address
I have read and agree to the Reflections Terms of Use
(revised 5/31/2012)
 
All 2016 Deaths