Officers find weapon in accused cop killer’s cell

Andrew Romero
Andrew Romero

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Officials at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility say officers found a homemade weapon in Andrew Romero’s cell.

Officers found the metal shank when they searched Romero’s cell after he threatened them.

At this time, officials are investigating how Romero got the weapon.

Romero is accused of killing Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg Benner in May. He is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for a series of probation violations while he awaits a trial for Benner’s murder which is set for next June. He is facing a possible sentence of life without the possibility of parole. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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