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Table 63

Law Enforcement Officers Accidentally 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 695 66 358 100 2 2 65 85 17
Automobile accident Total 412 49 268 38 0 0 38 16 3
Motorcycle accident Total 65 0 43 10 0 0 2 6 4
Aircraft accident Total 24 0 0 0 0 0 9 14 1
Struck by vehicle Total 104 11 36 37 0 1 6 10 3
Traffic stop, roadblock, etc. 40 5 16 15 0 0 1 3 0
Directing traffic, assisting motorist, etc. 64 6 20 22 0 1 5 7 3
Accidental shooting Total 32 2 4 4 0 0 4 15 3
Crossfire, mistaken for subject, firearm mishap 22 2 1 3 0 0 2 11 3
Training session 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Self-inflicted, cleaning mishap (not apparent or confirmed suicide) 7 0 3 1 0 0 2 1 0
Drowning Total 18 1 0 4 1 1 1 9 1
Fall Total 10 1 0 2 1 0 2 4 0
Other accidental Total 30 2 7 5 0 0 3 11 2
  • 1Includes detectives, officers on special assignments, undercover officers, and officers on other types of assignments not listed.