Statement From Memorial Fund CEO Craig W. Floyd on Pennsylvania Officer Shooting
Washington, DC—Tragedy struck the law enforcement community again Saturday as 20-year police veteran Lloyd Reed, an officer with the St. Clair Township (PA) Police Department was shot and killed while investigating a domestic dispute. Officer Reed is the 117th law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty in 2015.
Officer Reed served St. Clair Township for five years as part of his two-decade career as a law enforcement officer. His death comes only one day after a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police officer was killed in a mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Every assignment law enforcement handles is potentially dangerous, but domestic disturbance calls are the most dangerous. According to the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Report for 2014, nearly a third (14,901) of the 48,315 assaults against law enforcement officers in the U.S. last year occurred during domestic disturbance calls, more than double the next highest circumstance of assaults. Over the last 10 years (2005-2014), 104 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty during domestic disturbance calls, according to records kept by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Officer Reed is the eighth officer this year nationwide to be killed responding to a domestic disturbance call.
Domestic disputes usually involve emotionally-charged suspects who are often under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When a weapon is added to the mix, the circumstance can turn deadly for a victim of domestic violence, as well as the officer coming to their aid.
Like so many other officers, Lloyd Reed was simply trying to help a person in need when tragedy struck. Our prayers are with Officer Reed’s family during this very difficult time, as well as with his colleagues and friends. His selfless service and supreme sacrifice will always be remembered and honored.
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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 20,538 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.