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 officer 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 Farmington Police Department 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

alcohol violation, domestic

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Officer Herrera,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 31, 2022

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