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Table 61

Law Enforcement Officers Accidentally 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 695 75 81 82 67 66 83 68 48 72 53
Automobile accident Total 412 40 50 48 39 38 49 39 34 45 30
Motorcycle accident Total 65 7 10 10 4 8 6 6 3 7 4
Aircraft accident Total 24 6 1 3 2 3 3 2 1 2 1
Struck by vehicle Total 104 12 10 10 11 13 12 13 7 11 5
Traffic stop, roadblock, etc. 40 4 6 3 5 4 7 1 3 4 3
Directing traffic, assisting motorist, etc. 64 8 4 7 6 9 5 12 4 7 2
Accidental shooting Total 32 3 2 4 4 4 4 2 2 3 4
Crossfire, mistaken for subject, firearm mishap 22 2 1 2 2 3 4 2 2 1 3
Training session 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Self-inflicted, cleaning mishap (not apparent or confirmed suicide) 7 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
Drowning Total 18 3 4 3 2 0 2 1 0 0 3
Fall Total 10 1 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 1 1
Other accidental Total 30 3 2 3 2 0 6 5 1 3 5