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Preliminary 2014 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report

According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 126 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2014, a 24 percent increase from 2013, when 102 officers were killed.

Read the Preliminary 2014 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report (published 12/30/2014)

Read the press release. (published 12/30/2014)

Total Fatalities: 1964-2014

Firearms-related incidents were the leading cause of death among law enforcement officers in 2014. Firearms-related fatalities accounted for 50 deaths, increasing 56 percent from 2013 when 32 officers were killed.

Fatalities by State

California led the nation in officer fatalities, losing 14 officers in 2014. Texas lost 11 officers, New York lost nine officers, Florida lost six officers and Georgia lost five officers.

Circumstances of Fatal Shootings

Ambushes were the leading circumstance of officer fatalities in firearms-related deaths. Of the 50 firearms-related fatalities in 2014, fifteen officers were shot and killed in ambush, more than any other circumstance of fatal shootings in 2014.

Officer Deaths by Month and Day of Week

The deadliest month in 2014 was May with 18 fatalities. February had the fewest fatalities with five deaths.

Friday was the deadliest day of the week for law enforcement officers this year, with 23 fatalities, followed by Monday with 21 fatalities. Thursdays had the fewest fatalities with 14 this year.