48 Officers Murdered Last Year, Up By Seven From 2008: FBI


The FBI reports that 48 law enforcement officers in the U.S. were feloniously killed in the line of duty last year, seven more than in 2008. Twenty-one were killed in the south, 13 in the west, seven in the northeast, and five in the midwest. Two officers were slain in Puerto Rico.

By circumstance, 15 deaths occurred as a result of ambush situations, nine officers died during arrest situations, eight were killed while handling traffic pursuits/stops, five died responding to disturbance calls, four while investigating suspicious persons/circumstances, four during tactical situations, two while handling and transporting prisoners, and one while handling a person with a mental illness. All but three of the officers were killed with firearms; the others died in vehicle crashes. At the time they were killed, 35 officers were wearing body armor. Last December, International Association of Chiefs of Police President Michael Carroll spoke out on this subject in The Crime Report: http://thecrimereport.org/2009/12/17/iacp-president-michael-carroll-too-many-police-officer-shootings/

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