Officer Benjamin Herrera

Officer Benjamin Herrera

Farmington Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, March 31, 1962

Benjamin Herrera

Officer Benjamin Herrera was shot and killed after he and two other officers responded to a report from a woman that her husband was drunk and threatened to kill his family.

The officers located the man's vehicle at a nearby trailer park and began to search for him. The man surprised them and held them at bay with a rifle. The officers attacked the man when he became distracted. During the scuffle the man gained control of Officer Herrera's service weapon and shot him in the chest. He shot the other three times before the third officer was able to subdue him. The suspect was sentenced to a total of ten years for the murder of Officer Herrera and the attempted murder of his partner.

Officer Herrera was a WWII veteran and had been with the agency for one year. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to ten years

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Officer Herrera,

What a honor its been to serve this great department with both of your grandsons. Im sure their great qualities are the same you displayed while working in this department. Your legacy has been passed on through my co-workers and will continue into the future. Thank you sir for your dedication and service to our community.

Officer Kristopher Chavez
Farmington Police Department

April 18, 2017

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