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24 Cops Killed in First Half of 1992

FBI Director William S. Sessions announced that 24 law enforcement officer were killed feloniously in the line of duty during the first six months of 1992, a sharp reduction from the 44 officer slain during the first half of 1991. Another 29 officers were killed by accidents that occurred during the performance of their duties, the FBI said.

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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