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.