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2014 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Fatalities Report
According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 67 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2014. This is a 31 percent increase over the same period in 2013 (51 officers killed).
Read the 2014 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Fatalities Report (published 7/22/2014)
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Total Mid-Year Fatalities: 1964-2014
For the second year in a row, traffic-related incidents were the leading cause of officer fatalities in the first half of 2014. Twenty-six officers were killed as a result of traffic-related incidents halfway through 2014, increasing 37 percent from the same period in 2013.
Fatalities by State: Mid-Year 2014
In the first half of 2014, more officers were killed in California (eight) than any other state. Florida, New York, Texas and Virginia all lost four officers in the first half of 2014. Four federal officers, three territorial and a military officer were also killed in the line of duty in the first six months of 2014. Fifteen states lost one officer. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia did not lose an officer in the first half of this year.
Circumstances of Fatal Shootings: Mid-Year 2014
Of the 25 firearms-related fatalities, six officers were killed while investigating suspicious persons or circumstances—the most of any circumstance of fatal shootings in 2014. Five officers were killed in ambushes, which continue to be a major threat to law enforcement safety.
Officer Deaths by Month and Day of Week: Mid-Year 2014
The deadliest month in the first half of 2014 was May with 18 fatalities. Fourteen officers were killed in March and 13 were killed in January. Ten officers died in April, seven officers died in June, and February had the fewest fatalities with five deaths.
Monday was the deadliest day of the week for law enforcement officers in the first half of the year, with 15 fatalities, followed by Wednesday with 11 fatalities. Tuesday had the fewest fatalities with five fatalities in the first six months of the year.
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