Firearms were the weapon most used in the slaying of officers, accounting for 19 of the 24 killings this year. One officer was killed by a bomb explosion, and four were intentionally struck by vehicles.
About half of the slain officers were killed during arrest situations. Of those, six were attempting to prevent robberies or apprehend burglary suspects. Four officers were killed while responding to disturbance calls; and two were slain while investigating suspicious persons or circumstances.
Nearly all of the slayings occurred in Southern (14 officers) or Western (six officers) states.
- Criminal Justice Newsletter
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