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Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths

Over the Past Decade (2006-2015)

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Total
Aircraft Accident 3 3 3 4 2 1 3 1 0 1  21
Auto Crash 46 61 44 39 51 44 27 29 33 34  408
Beaten 1 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 0 1  9
Bicycle Accident 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  3
Boating Accident 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0  3
Bomb-Related Incident 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0  4
Drowned 0 4 1 0 3 4 1 2 2 1  18
Electrocuted 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1  4
Fall 0 3 0 0 1 4 4 6 0 2  20
Fire-Related Incident  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  0
Horse-Related Accident 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0  1
Job-Related Illness  21 20 25 18 21 20 15 17 20 22  199
Motorcycle Crash 11 10 9 3 6 5 8 5 6 4  67
Poisoned 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  1
Shot 54 70 41 50 60 73 50 33 49 41  521
Stabbed 1 0 2 0 0 2 5 2 0 0  12
Strangled 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0  3
Struck by Falling Object 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  1
Struck by Train 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0  3
Struck by Vehicle 16 14 18 11 13 10 14 12 10 10  128
Terrorist Attack 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6  13
TOTAL 156 192 149 125 161 171 131 109 122 123  1439

ADDITIONAL DATA 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Total
Female Officers Killed 7 6 15 2 7 11 12 5 5 11 81
Alcohol-Related Deaths 17 26 16 9 22 14 15 6 9 12 146
Drug-Related Deaths 22 14 12 10 9 8 8 7 5 3 98
Officers Killed Wearing Body Armor 64% 70% 62% 65% 63% 63% 50% 47% 67% 59%  



Updated July 18, 2016