NEW MEXICO GANG INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION

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We proudly support the Officer Down Memorial Page for their efforts to increase awareness of line of duty deaths. Please visit their website by clicking the icon for more information or to report a fallen officer. At the heart of the NMGIA mission is officer safety. We have dedicated resources in an effort to research line of duty deaths to identify officers who fell victim to a known gang member or gang associate. Our objective is to increase awareness of the inherent officer safety concerns while encountering criminals with gang affiliation and how to identify them.


Patrolman Darian Jarrott, New Mexico State Police

End of Watch: Thursday, February 4th 2021

Patrolman Darian Jarrott was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop of a known offender on I-10 near milepost 101 in Luna County. The driver of the vehicle was the subject of an ongoing narcotics investigation and was en route to Las Cruces to participate in a drug deal. Patrolman Jarrott was assisting members of the United States Homeland Security Investigations when he stopped the vehicle. The man opened fire on Patrolman Jarrott, fatally wounding him, before fleeing in the pickup truck. Other officers began pursuing the vehicle along I-10. At one point the subject stopped and shot at officers before fleeing again. As the vehicle entered Las Cruces the vehicle struck spike strips and a Las Cruces officer then conducted a precision immobilization technique, successfully stopped the truck. As the truck came to a stop the subject exited the vehicle and exchanged shots with the Las Cruces officer, wounding him. The Las Cruces officer and other responding officers returned fire and killed the subject. Patrolman Jarrott had served with the New Mexico State Police for 5-1/2 years. He is survived by his expectant wife and three children.


Police Officer Clint E. Corvinus, Alamogordo Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Friday, September 2, 2016

Police Officer Clint Corvinus was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a subject in the 600 block of South Florida Avenue. He and a rookie officer he was training had conducted a traffic stop of a wanted felon. The man fled on foot during the stop and exchanged gunshots with the officers. Despite being wounded, Officer Corvinus was able to return fire and killed the subject. Officer Corvinus was transported to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds. Officer Corvinus had served with the Alamogordo Police Department for 4-1/2 years. He is survived by his daughter, parents, and his fiancee.


Police Officer Daniel Scott Webster, Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Thursday, October 29, 2015

Police Officer Dan Webster succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on October 21st, 2015, while making a traffic stop. He had stopped a motorcycle that was displaying a stolen license plate near the intersection of Central Avenue and Eubank Boulevard at approximately 8:00 pm. Officer Webster had placed one handcuff on the subject's left wrist when the man pretended to be injured by complaining that his right shoulder was hurt. The subject then reached for a concealed handgun and opened fire on him at close range. Officer Webster was struck in the face, chest, and arm. The man, a felon with a prior manslaughter conviction, was arrested a short time later by responding officers who had contained him within a perimeter. Officer Webster was transported to a local hospital where he remained on life support until succumbing to his wounds one week later. Officer Webster was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Albuquerque Police Department for eight years.



Police Officer Gregg Anthony "Nigel" Benner, Rio Rancho Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Monday, May 25, 2015

Police Officer Nigel Benner was shot and killed while making a traffic stop near the intersection of Pinetree and Southern Roads at approximately 8:15 pm. Officer Benner was about to go off-duty when he spotted a vehicle driving in an erratic manner. Inside that vehicle were a female driver and her boyfriend. The two were driving around Rio Rancho looking for a home to burglarize. When Officer Benner activated his light, the vehicle stopped. Officer Benner approached and began to speak with the female driver, and he obtained identification from her. The passenger, however, provided false identification information to the officer. After conducting a computer check, Officer Benner returned to the suspect's vehicle to question them further, but the suspects fled in the vehicle. Officer Benner pursued the vehicle for a short distance before the passenger shot his girlfriend in the foot, and pushed her from the vehicle. Officer Benner stopped to check on her well being and then continued to pursue the suspect. A short distance away, the suspect shot Officer Benner several times. Wounded, Officer Benner walked back toward the female and asked "What was his name?", before collapsing. Officer Benner was transported to UNM Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The female suspect was arrested at the scene. The male suspect was arrested later that evening after robbing a gas station at gunpoint. On September 23rd, 2016, the male subject was convicted of murder and multiple other felonies related to the incident. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The female subject had previously accepted a plea deal to lesser charges. Officer Benner was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Rio Rancho Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and three stepchildren.



Deputy Sheriff James Francis McGrane, Jr., Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Deputy Sheriff James McGrane was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on Highway 337 at 12:46 am. Unknown to Deputy McGrane, the driver of the vehicle was connected to a 2005 murder. As he approached the vehicle, Deputy McGrane was shot twice and died at the scene from his wounds. Within minutes of Deputy McGrane calling in the stop witnesses in the area called 911 to report hearing two gunshots and seeing a white pickup flee the scene. The suspect was a parolee who had previously served at least six years in jail on unrelated charges. The suspect was apprehended in Juarez, Mexico, on April 3rd, 2006. On June 4th, 2010 the suspect was found guilty of the killing of Deputy McGrane, tampering with evidence, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 43-1/2 years. On August 4th, 2012, he was convicted of the 2005 murder and sentenced to 28 years to be served after the expiration of his first sentence. Deputy McGrane had served with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department for three years. He had previously served with the New Mexico State Police and United States Postal Inspection Service for a total of 10-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and sister.



Deputy Sheriff Robert Walter Hedman, Otero County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch: Saturday, December 18, 2004

Deputy Sheriff Robert Hedman was shot and killed after responding to a call of a domestic dispute at a home on U.S. 82 10 miles east of Cloudcroft. He and another deputy responded to the dispute at approximately 7:00 pm. The deputies noticed blood on the floor at the entryway to the residence. They made contact with a male resident and a 3-year-old girl but the man slammed and locked the door. Deputy Hedman's partner took cover as Deputy Hedman went to the back of the home. The man opened fire on Deputy Hedman at the rear of the home, fatally wounding him. The man then returned to the front of the home where he engaged the other deputy in a shootout. The man was shot and killed by the return gunfire from Deputy Hedman's partner. The body of a woman who was murdered by the man earlier in the evening was found inside the home. Deputy Hedman had served with the Otero County Sheriff's Department for three years. He had previously served with the Tularosa Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, and the Alamogordo Department of Public Safety. Prior to his service as a police officer, he served in the Army for 21 years, retiring in 1994 as a staff sergeant. Deputy Hedman was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Deputy Hedman is survived by his wife and two children and is buried in Monte Vista Cemetery, Alamogordo, Otero County, New Mexico.



Deputy Sheriff Damacio S. Montano, Valencia County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch: Sunday, October 6, 2002

Deputy Sheriff Damacio Montano was shot and killed when he and his brother, a New Mexico State Police officer, helped break up a fight at a Los Lunas restaurant at approximately 1:30 am. Both brothers were off duty when the fight broke out in the restaurant at the intersection of Valencia Road and Route 47. They identified themselves as police officers and assisted the bouncers who took the two female suspects outside. They were standing outside when a man got out of a vehicle and opened fire with a handgun. Deputy Montano was fatally wounded and his brother was wounded in the hip. All three suspects, who were known gang members, were arrested in connection with Deputy Montano's murder. On August 12th, 2003, the shooter was convicted of murdering Deputy Montano and of attempted murder of Deputy Montano's brother. He was sentenced to life plus 13 years. Deputy Montano had served the Valencia County Sheriff's Office for 10 months. He had previously served with the Santa Rosa Police Department, Western New Mexico University Police Department, and Artesia Police Department for 16 additional months. He is survived by his wife and two young children.


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