Fifty-five law enforcement officers in the U.S. were feloniously killed in the line of duty last year; 67 died in accidents while performing their official duties; and 57,546 officers suffered assaults while on duty, the FBI reported today. The new edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted provides tabular data about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal felonious attacks. The total feloniously killed in 2005 decreased by 2 compared with 2004. A 5-year comparison shows a decrease of 15 line-of-duty deaths compared with the 2001 number (70). The assault total also declined slightly, from 59,373 in 2004.
Of the 55 feloniously killed, 15 were handling traffic pursuits or traffic stops. Eight were handling arrest situations, and another 8 were ambushed; seven were answering disturbance calls, and another 7 were investigating suspicious persons. Offenders used firearms to kill 50 of the 55 victim officers.