66 officers killed in the line of duty

In 2016, 66 law enforcement officers died from injuries sustained in the line of duty during felonious incidents and  59 alleged offenders were identified in those crimes.

Line-of-duty deaths occurred in 29 states and in Puerto Rico.

By region, 30 officers were feloniously killed in the South, 17 officers in the West, 13 officers in the Midwest, 4 officers in the Northeast, and 2 officers in Puerto Rico.

Of the officers feloniously killed, 41 were employed by city police departments, including 12 who were members of law enforcement agencies in cities with 250,000 or more inhabitants.

Line-of-duty deaths claimed the lives of 17 officers who were killed in ambushes and 13 more who died while they responded to disturbance calls.

Nine officers died as a result of investigating suspicious persons or circumstances and another nine died while making arrests.

Six officers were killed as a result of tactical situations, such as barricaded offender, hostage taking, or a high-risk entry. 

Five officers were conducting investigative activities such as surveillance, searches or interviews when they died, four  were fatally injured during traffic pursuits or vehicle stops, and three officers were killed in unprovoked attacks.

Of the officers killed in the line of duty during 2016, most (62) were killed with firearms, including 37 who were shot with handguns.

Fourteen of the officers discharged their weapons and 11 attempted to fire their weapons. Three officers had their weapons stolen.




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