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2015 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report
According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 64 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2015. This represents a three percent increase over the same period in 2014 in which 62 officers were killed.
Read the 2015 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report (published 7/21/2015)
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Mid-Year Fatalities: 1965-2015
For the third year in a row, traffic-related incidents were the leading cause of officer fatalities in the first half of 2015.
Fatalities by State
In the first half of 2015, more officers were killed in Texas (seven) than any other state. Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi all lost five officers in the first half of 2015 and Alabama lost four officers during the period.
Three federal officers, one territorial and one tribal officer were also killed in the line of duty in the first six months of 2015. Fifteen states lost one officer. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia did not lose an officer in the first half of this year.
Circumstances of Fatal Shootings
Of the 18 firearms-related fatalities, four officers were feloniously shot and killed during a traffic stop or pursuit—the most of any circumstance of fatal shootings in 2015.
Circumstances of Traffic Fatalities
Traffic-related fatalities were the leading cause of officer fatalities in 2015, accounting for 30 deaths. Twenty-one officers were killed in automobile crashes, five were struck and killed outside their vehicles and four were killed in motorcycle crashes. Of the 21 automobile crashes in the first half of the year, eight were single-vehicles crashes and 13 were multiple-vehicle crashes.