Lowest Number of U.S. Police Deaths in 35 Years.
Firearms continue as the weapon most frequently used to kill officers. Suspects employed handguns in 25 slayings, rifles in 11, and shotguns in 5. The remaining officer was killed with a vehicle. At the time of their deaths, 27 officers were wearing body armor. Five of the 42 officers were killed with their own weapons.
Twelve officers lost their lives during arrest situations: 6 serving arrest warrants; 3 attempting to prevent robberies or apprehend robbery suspects; 2 investigating drug-related situations; and 1 attempting to apprehend a burglary suspect. Eight officers were killed enforcing traffic laws, 7 investigating suspicious persons or circumstances, 7 answering disturbance calls, 6 encountering ambush situations, and 2 handling prisoners.
The FBI also released preliminary statistics on the number of officers accidentally killed in the performance of their duties. In 1999, 63 officers lost their lives in accidents. This total represents a decrease of 18 compared with the 81 accidental deaths that occurred in 1998.
For the complete preliminary annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted press release, access the FBI's Internet site at http://www.fbi.gov.
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|Title Annotation:||preliminary statistics released by FBI|
|Publication:||The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Aug 1, 2000|
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