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Table 25

Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed

Circumstance at Scene of Incident by Type of Assignment, 2002–2011

Circumstance Total 2-Officer
vehicle
1-Officer vehicle Foot patrol Other1 Off
duty
Alone Assisted Alone Assisted Alone Assisted
Number of victim officers Total 543 48 152 172 2 1 21 96 51
Disturbance call Total 69 7 13 39 0 0 0 6 4
Disturbance (bar fight, person with firearm, etc.) 33 1 7 18 0 0 0 3 4
Domestic disturbance (family quarrel, etc.) 36 6 6 21 0 0 0 3 0
Arrest situation Total 122 11 21 36 1 0 2 27 24
Burglary in progress/pursuing burglary suspect 11 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 3
Robbery in progress/pursuing robbery suspect 44 5 6 11 0 0 1 1 20
Drug-related matter 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 8 0
Attempting other arrest 58 3 11 24 1 0 1 17 1
Civil disorder (mass disobedience, riot, etc.) Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Handling, transporting, custody of prisoner Total 11 4 4 0 0 0 2 0 1
Investigating suspicious person/circumstance Total 58 5 26 9 0 0 4 9 5
Ambush situation Total 126 9 39 37 1 0 10 15 15
Entrapment/premeditation 41 2 8 15 0 0 3 5 8
Unprovoked attack 85 7 31 22 1 0 7 10 7
Investigative activity (surveillance, search, interview, etc.) Total 12 0 2 2 0 1 1 6 0
Handling person with mental illness Total 9 1 1 5 0 0 0 2 0
Traffic pursuit/stop Total 98 8 46 32 0 0 2 8 2
Felony vehicle stop 36 2 8 19 0 0 1 5 1
Traffic violation stop 62 6 38 13 0 0 1 3 1
Tactical situation (barricaded offender, hostage taking, high-risk entry, etc.) Total 38 3 0 12 0 0 0 23 0
  • 1Includes detectives, officers on special assignments, undercover officers, and officers on other types of assignments not listed.