Sheet For Law Enforcement Officers Killed And Assaulted,
Crime Reporting Program Releases LEOKA Statistics
DC -- Fifty-six law enforcement officers were feloniously
killed in the line of duty in 2002 according to the
FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s
annual report, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and
Assaulted (LEOKA), 2002, released today. The number
of officers killed has decreased 25.0 percent from
the 2001 number, when 70 officers were killed.
analysis of data by circumstance showed that fifteen
of the victim officers were killed in ambush situations,
10 were slain in traffic pursuits or stops, and 10
were killed during arrest situations. Nine of the
officers were responding to disturbance calls, and
8 were investigating suspicious persons or circumstances.
Mentally deranged assailants murdered 4 officers.
were the weapons used to kill the majority of the
victim officers. Of the 51 officers slain with firearms,
38 were killed with handguns, 10 were slain with rifles,
and 3 were killed with shotguns. Four of the victim
officers were killed with their own weapons. Four
officers were struck and killed with motor vehicles,
and 1 officer was slain with a knife or cutting instrument.
review of the data by region showed that 25 officers
were murdered in the South, 12 in the Midwest, 9 in
the West, and 5 in the Northeast. Five officers were
killed in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
analysis of the data reported about the assailants
showed that 61 known assailants were suspected of
murdering the 56 victim officers in 53 incidents in
2002. Forty-five of the offenders have been arrested.
Eight of the known assailants were justifiably killed
by person(s) other than the victim officers, 4 committed
suicide, 3 were killed by the victim officers during
the fatal incidents, and 1 suspect remains at large.
addition to the officers feloniously killed, 77 officers
were accidentally killed in the performance of their
duties in 2002. This is one fewer than the number
reported in 2001. Fifty-five officers were victims
of automobile, motorcycle, or aircraft accidents.
Twelve officers were struck by vehicles, 3 were accidentally
shot, and 7 died in other types of accidents.
2002, while performing their duties, a total of 58,066
law enforcement officers were assaulted, and 16,494
suffered injuries as a result of these attacks. Assaults
on officers were most often committed with personal
weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.), used in 80.6 percent
of the attacks. Other dangerous weapons were used
in 14.3 percent of assaults on law enforcement officers,
firearms in 3.3 percent, and knives or cutting instruments
in 1.8 percent of assaults on officers.
The complete annual report, Law Enforcement Officers
Killed and Assaulted, 2002, is available on the FBI’s
Internet site at <www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm>.