New Mexico Cop Killing Suspect Is A Felon, Barred From Gun Possession


Andrew Romero, the suspect in the Memorial Day shooting death of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Officer Gregg “Nigel” Benner, is a felon who is consequently barred from gun possession.

According to KOB 4, Romero was a front seat passenger in a  1999 Dodge Durango when Benner pulled the vehicle over at approximately 8 pm Monday night. He stopped the vehicle because of improper plates. The Durango was being driving by a woman and police believe “Romero likely reached around the woman in the driver’s seat and shot Benner several times in the torso.”

Officer Benner did not even have time to draw his gun.

KOAT 7 reports that Romero went to prison in 2006 for killing man and was released two years later. He has a 2010 arrest for shoplifting, a 2012 arrest “for drug trafficking,” and a 2013 arrest “for felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.”

Felons, like Romero and Marvin and Curtis Banks — two of the suspects in the May 9 shooting deaths of Hattiesburg Officers Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate — faced 100 percent gun control. But the deaths of Benner, Deen, and Tate, stand as testimony to the fact that gun control is powerless against people with alleged criminal intent.

The whole scenario highlights the impotency of the left’s contention that a law against criminal gun possession will actually keep allegedly criminals from possessing guns.

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