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Table 19

Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed

Circumstance at Scene of Incident, 2002–2011

Circumstance Total 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Number of victim officers Total 543 56 52 57 55 48 58 41 48 56 72
Disturbance call Total 69 9 10 10 7 8 5 1 6 6 7
Disturbance (bar fight, person with firearm, etc.) 33 4 5 1 2 6 3 1 4 2 5
Domestic disturbance (family quarrel, etc.) 36 5 5 9 5 2 2 0 2 4 2
Arrest situation Total 122 10 8 13 8 12 17 9 8 14 23
Burglary in progress/pursuing burglary suspect 11 0 1 2 1 0 1 2 1 3 0
Robbery in progress/pursuing robbery suspect 44 4 1 7 4 6 7 1 3 6 5
Drug-related matter 9 3 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 0
Attempting other arrest 58 3 5 4 3 4 8 5 4 4 18
Civil disorder (mass disobedience, riot, etc.) Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Handling, transporting, custody of prisoner Total 11 0 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1
Investigating suspicious person/circumstance Total 58 6 4 7 7 6 4 7 4 8 5
Ambush situation Total 126 17 9 15 8 10 16 6 15 15 15
Entrapment/premeditation 41 4 6 6 4 1 9 1 6 2 2
Unprovoked attack 85 13 3 9 4 9 7 5 9 13 13
Investigative activity (surveillance, search, interview, etc.) Total 12 0 2 0 4 0 1 2 0 2 1
Handling person with mental illness Total 9 4 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Traffic pursuit/stop Total 98 10 14 6 15 8 11 8 8 7 11
Felony vehicle stop 36 6 4 0 5 0 5 5 2 3 6
Traffic violation stop 62 4 10 6 10 8 6 3 6 4 5
Tactical situation (barricaded offender, hostage taking, high-risk entry, etc.) Total 38 0 3 3 3 2 3 7 5 3 9