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FBI: Police Murders Declined in 2015

The FBI released its annual report this week on the number of police officers killed in the line of duty in 2015 and found that 41 officers died “felonious deaths.”

This figure is 10 less than in 2014, when 51 officers were killed feloniously. The Houston Chronicle put together a chart to visualize the annual number of officer deaths in recent years as seen below:

 

According to an FBI statement, of those killed, 38 died from gunshots and more than half were on vehicle patrol.

“Of the 41 officers feloniously killed, eight were investigating suspicious persons or circumstances; seven were involved in tactical situations; six were conducting traffic pursuits/stops; five were killed in arrest situations; four were ambushed; three were killed while answering domestic disturbance calls; three were killed in unprovoked attacks; two were handling, transporting, or maintaining custody of prisoners; two were handling persons with mental illnesses; and one was conducting an investigative activity (such as surveillance, a search, or an interview),” said the FBI statement.

Additionally, the “Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2015” report found that 86 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents, and more than 50,000 officers were assaulted in 2015.

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