Seventy-three law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2018 through June 30, a 12 percent increase over the 65 who died in the same period last year, reports the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Of the 73 officers, 31 were killed in firearms-related incidents, 27 were killed in traffic-related incidents, and 15 died due to other causes such as job-related illnesses.
The firearms-related fatalities this year exceeded the 25 in the first half of 2017. Eight such deaths occurred during an attempt to arrest a suspect, six officers were killed responding to domestic disturbance calls, and three officers were killed as a result of being ambushed. Traffic-related fatalities increased slightly in the first half of 2018 compared with last year. Eleven fatalities were the result of multiple-vehicle automobile crashes; nine were the result of single-vehicle crashes and seven officers were struck while outside of their vehicles. Florida leads the U.S. in officer fatalities, losing seven officers in the first half of 2018.