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Table 38

Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed with Firearms

Location of Fatal Firearm Wound and Number of Victim Officers Wearing Body Armor, 2002–2011

Location of fatal firearm wound Total 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Number of victim officers
killed with firearms
Total 500 51 45 54 50 46 56 35 45 55 63
Front head 128 14 9 10 17 10 18 9 16 11 14
Rear head 47 8 5 6 6 5 3 1 2 3 8
Side head 72 7 7 7 2 5 7 8 5 10 14
Neck/throat 45 3 5 3 5 7 2 5 7 5 3
Front upper torso/chest 134 12 12 19 14 11 19 7 11 15 14
Rear upper torso/back 23 1 3 0 2 3 5 1 1 2 5
Front lower torso/stomach 27 3 3 4 3 2 1 4 1 5 1
Rear lower torso/back 11 1 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 2
Front below waist 5 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
Rear below waist 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Arms/hands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fatal wound location not reported 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Number of victim officers
killed with firearms
while wearing body armor
Total 332 34 31 31 30 26 34 29 33 38 46
Front head 97 12 6 5 12 9 15 9 12 7 10
Rear head 36 5 3 5 4 3 2 1 2 3 8
Side head 54 4 5 3 2 3 7 6 5 10 9
Neck/throat 35 3 4 3 3 4 1 4 6 5 2
Front upper torso/chest 75 4 8 11 8 6 7 5 7 7 12
Rear upper torso/back 9 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 3
Front lower torso/stomach 15 3 3 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 1
Rear lower torso/back 6 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
Front below waist 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rear below waist 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Arms/hands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0