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Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths

Over the Past Decade (2008-2017)

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Total
Aircraft Accident 3 4 2 1 3 1 0 3 1 2  20
Auto Crash 45 39 51 44 27 29 33 36 29 31  364
Beaten 1 0 2 3 2 0 0 1 1 6  16
Bicycle Accident 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  1
Boating Accident 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2  4
Bomb-Related Incident 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 0 0  10
Drowned 1 0 3 4 1 2 2 1 2 5  21
Electrocuted 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0  4
Fall 0 0 1 4 4 6 0 2 2 0  19
Horse-Related Accident 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0  2
Job-Related Illness  34 32 30 33 25 27 45 50 28 21  325
Motorcycle Crash 9 3 6 5 8 5 6 6 10 5  63
Poisoned 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  1
Shot 41 50 60 73 50 34 50 43 67 46  514
Stabbed 2 0 0 2 5 2 0 0 1 1  13
Strangled 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0  4
Struck by Falling Object 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  0  0
Struck by Train 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0  3
Struck by Vehicle 18 11 14 10 14 12 10 11 16 10  126
Terrorist Attack 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0  1
TOTAL 159 139 171 185 141 120 148 160 159 129  1511

ADDITIONAL DATA 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Total
Female Officers Killed 15 4 8 12 13 7 7 15 7 9 97
Alcohol-Related Deaths 16 9 21 15 15 6 9 6 10 7 114
Drug-Related Deaths 9 5 15 10 8 3 7 0 13 6 76
Officers Killed Wearing Body Armor 62% 66% 63% 63% 51% 51% 68% 61% 63% 55%  

Updated March 15, 2018

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