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Albuquerque Journal via AP, Dean Hanson
New Mexico State Police and Rio Rancho Police collect evidence at the scene, Tuesday May 26, 2015, where a Rio Rancho officer was fatally shot Monday night.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Authorities say the man suspected of killing a police officer in an Albuquerque suburb had an extensive criminal record, including a manslaughter conviction.

Rio Rancho Police Chief Michael Geier identified the suspect as 28-year-old Andrew Romero. Charges are pending.

Officer Gregg Benner was at the end of his shift Monday when he was gunned down during a traffic stop shortly after 8 p.m. The police chief says Romero was a passenger in the stopped vehicle.

The chief says Benner had stopped the vehicle after a short chase through a parking lot. When the officer approached, he was shot with a handgun.

Benner was hit multiple times in the torso and didn't have a chance to draw his weapon.

The 49-year-old officer was a military veteran who had been with the Rio Rancho Police Department for four years.