Deputy Sheriff Benjamin L. Green

Deputy Sheriff Benjamin L. Green

Grant County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, February 28, 1981

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Benjamin L. Green

Deputy Green was shot and killed in an ambush while investigating reports of a prowler with a rifle near Pinos Altos.

While Deputy Green and his partner searched around a home, the suspect, who was hiding in a tree, shot Deputy Green in the chest with the rifle. Deputy Green was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound later in the day.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested near Clifton, Arizona. The man was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Green was survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, and three stepchildren.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Life in prison


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Deputy Sheriff Green,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Grant County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 28, 2021

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