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FBI Preliminary Statistics Show 54 Law Enforcement Officers
Feloniously Killed in 2004

For Immediate Release
> May 16, 2005 Washington D.C.
> FBI National Press Office

> FBI Preliminary Statistics Show 54 Law Enforcement Officers
> Feloniously Killed in 2004

> WASHINGTON, D.C. ? Fifty-four law enforcement officers were
> feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2004, according to preliminary
> statistics released today by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR)
> Program. Nearly half of the officers killed, 26, were in the South; 9
> officers were in the Midwest; 9 were in the West; and 7 were in the
> Northeast. Two were in Puerto Rico, and 1 was in the U.S. Virgin
> Islands. The number of officers killed was up 2 from the 52 officers
> killed in 2003.

> The 54 officer deaths occurred during 47 different incidents. Police
> cleared 46 out of the 47 incidents by arrest or exceptional means. One
> offender is still at large. Of the officers killed, 16 died in arrest
> situations, 12 died responding to disturbance calls, 7 died
> investigating suspicious persons or circumstances, 6 were ambushed, and
> 6 more were killed in traffic pursuits or stops. Two officers were
> killed while handling mentally deranged persons, 2 died while involved
> in investigative activities, 2 died in tactical situations, and 1 died
> handling and transporting a prisoner.

> As in previous years, most offenders used firearms to kill police
> officers in 2004. Of the 52 officers who died from gunshot wounds, 36
> were fatally injured with handguns, 12 were shot with rifles, and 4 were
> killed with shotguns. Offenders used vehicles to kill 2 officers.
> Thirty-two officers were wearing body armor, 11 fired their own weapons,
> and 9 attempted to fire their own weapons. Seven of the officers had
> their service weapons stolen, and 6 were killed with their own weapons.

> In addition to the officers feloniously killed, 82 law enforcement
> officers died accidentally in the performance of their duties in 2004.
> This is an increase of 1 over the 2003 total of 81 officers killed
> accidentally.

> The UCR Program's publication, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and
> Assaulted, 2004, is scheduled to be released in the fall. The
> publication, produced annually, includes final statistics and complete
> details.