Year 2018 saw a 20% increase in felonious deaths of law enforcement officers

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The FBI has released its 2018 LEOKA report, detailing the line-of-duty deaths that occurred last year. In 2018, 106 law enforcement officers were reported killed in the line of duty, with a 20% increase in felonious deaths of law enforcement officers compared to the previous year (from 46 to 55), according to the FBI’s report “Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2018.”

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The 55 felonious deaths occurred in 28 states and in Puerto Rico. The number of officers killed as a result of criminal acts in 2018 was 9 more than the 46 officers who were feloniously killed in 2017. The 5- and 10-year comparisons show an increase of 4 felonious deaths compared with the 2014 figure (51 officers) and an increase of 7 deaths compared with 2009 data (48 officers).

Of the 55 officers feloniously killed:

  • 23 died as a result of investigative or enforcement activities
    • 8 were performing investigative activities
    • 6 were involved in tactical situations
    • 3 were interacting with wanted persons
    • 3 were investigating suspicious persons or circumstances
    • 2 were conducting traffic violation stops
    • 1 was handling a person with mental illness
  • 11 were ambushed (entrapment/premeditation)
    • 6 were involved in pursuits
    • 4 were involved in foot pursuits
    • 2 were involved in vehicular pursuits
  • 4 were responding to crimes in progress
    • 2 were burglaries in progress
    • 1 was a report of a person with a firearm
    • 1 was reported in the category of other crime against property.
  • 3 were involved in arrest situations and were attempting to control/handcuff/restrain the offender(s) during the arrest situations
  • 2 were on administrative assignments and were performing prisoner transports
  • 2 were assisting other law enforcement officers with foot pursuits
  • 2 were responding to disorders or disturbances
    • 1 was responding to a disturbance call
    • 1 was responding to a domestic violence call
  • 1 was performing traffic control
  • 1 was involved in an unprovoked attack

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