Officer Benjamin Herrera

Officer Benjamin Herrera

Farmington Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, March 31, 1962

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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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Today I was pondering the current opinions of police officers. I was born on Jan. 12, 1962, Officer Benjamin Herrera was my god-father. Later in life I found out that he was killed in the line of duty during a domestic dispute. My mom and dad (who served in WWII as well) must have thought highly of Officer Herrera, and he my parents to agree to be my god-father.
Some day, we will meet. Thank you Herrera family for your sacrifice.

Elaine Murphy

September 2, 2020

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