FBI, This Week: Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty in 2016 Released
May 18, 2017
FBI preliminary statistics reveal that 118 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016, and 66 of those officers were feloniously killed.
Mollie Halpern: FBI preliminary statistics reveal that 118 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016.
The FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Report, known as LEOKA, shows that 66 of those officers were feloniously killed.
That’s an increase of 61 percent when compared to the year before.
Section Chief Chris Nicholas of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division explains…
Chris Nicholas: The 66 felonious deaths are a result of the subjects intentionally taking the officers’ lives. In some of these cases, the officers were ambushed—victims of unprovoked attacks—and others were killed when the subjects used vehicles as weapons.
Halpern: The 66 victim officers were killed in 56 separate incidents.
Nicholas: Fifty-four of these incidents resulted in the arrest or the death of the subjects. Two of the subjects are either unknown or at large.
Halpern: The FBI will release the final LEOKA report in the fall. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.