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Table 40

Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed with Firearms While Wearing Body Armor

Point of Entry for Torso Wounds, 2002–2011

Point of entry Total 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Number of victim officers killed with firearms
while wearing body armor and receiving torso wounds
105 8 12 14 9 7 9 9 8 12 17
Entered between side panels of vest 12 1 1 2 3 2 0 1 1 1 0
Entered through armhole or shoulder area of vest 36 3 2 2 3 2 6 2 3 3 10
Entered above vest (front or back of neck, collarbone area, etc.) 12 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 1 0 1
Entered below vest (abdominal or lower back area) 18 3 3 2 1 0 0 3 0 4 2
Penetrated through vest (round more powerful than
vest's capabilities/specifications)
22 1 4 4 0 1 2 1 2 4 3
Penetrated through vest (body armor failure) 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vest not penetrated (blunt force trauma) 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not reported 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1