Police Officers Killed in Criminal Acts Dropped Last Year

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An annual FBI report says that 41 law enforcement officers died last year as a result of felonious acts, and 45 officers died in accidents. In addition, 50,212 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults. The number of officers killed as a result of criminal acts in 2015 decreased by 10 when compared with the 51 officers who were feloniously killed in 2014. The five- and 10-year comparisons show a decrease of 31 felonious deaths compared with the 2011 total of 72. The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a private organization, says that this year, 46 officers have been killed already in firearms-related incidents, up from 31 at this time last year.

The average age of the officers who were feloniously killed last year was 40, the FBI said. Eight were investigating suspicious persons or circumstances; seven were involved in tactical situations; six were conducting traffic pursuits/stops; five were killed in arrest situations; four were ambushed; three were killed while answering domestic disturbance calls, and three were killed in unprovoked attacks, the FBI said. Offenders used firearms to kill 38 of the 41 victim officers. Three officers were killed with vehicles used as weapons.

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