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2013 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Fatalities Report
According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 51 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2013. This is a nine percent increase over the same period in 2012.
Read the 2013 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Fatalities Report (published 7/11/13)
Fatalities by State: Mid-Year 2013
In the first half of 2013, more officers were killed in California (seven) and Arkansas (six) than any other state. Three officers were killed in both Louisiana and Texas. Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, New York, and Virginia all lost two officers in the first half of 2013. Five federal officers and two territorial officers were also killed in the line of duty. Fifteen states lost one officer. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia did not lose an officer in the first half of this year.
Total Fatalities: 1963-2013
Circumstances of Fatal Shootings: Mid-Year 2013
Of the 17 firearms-related fatalities, seven officers were killed in ambush attacks—the most of any circumstance of fatal shootings in 2013. This is the second year in a row in which ambushes were the leading cause of deaths. During this same time period in 2012, four officers were shot and killed in ambushes.
Other Causes of Officer Deaths: Mid-Year 2013
During the first half of 2013, sixteen officers died from job-related illnesses and other causes, compared to 10 officers in the 2012 period. This year, 10 officers died from job-related illnesses, such as heart attacks, compared to two during the same period in 2012.
In addition to officer deaths from job-related illnesses, two officers drowned while attempting to assist victims during a flash flood, two officers fell to their deaths while participating in a training exercise, one officer was stabbed to death, and one officer was killed in a helicopter crash in the first half of 2013.
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