For Immediate Release
FBI National Press
Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in 2006
Washington, D.C.—Preliminary statistics
released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
indicate that 48 law enforcement officers died in 2006
as a result of felonious line-of-duty attacks. Nearly half
of the officers (22) were killed in the South; 11 officers
were murdered in the West; 7 officers were slain in the
Northeast; 6 were killed in the Midwest; and
2 officers were slain in the territory of Puerto Rico.
The number of officers feloniously killed in the Nation
was 7 fewer than those slain in the line of duty in 2005.
The 48 officer deaths occurred in 47 separate incidents.
Forty-one of the 47 incidents were cleared by arrest or
exceptional means. Of the officers killed, 12 were slain
in arrest situations; 9 were ambushed; 9 were killed in
traffic pursuits/stops; 8 were slain while answering disturbance
calls; 6 were murdered while investigating suspicious persons
2 were killed in tactical situations (e.g., barricaded
offender, hostage taking, etc.); 1 officer was slain while
handling, transporting, or having custody of a prisoner(s);
and 1 officer was slain while handling a mentally deranged
A breakdown of the data concerning the weapons used in
the slaying of officers shows that firearms were the weapons
most commonly used in these incidents. Of the 46 officers
who were fatally wounded with firearms, 35 were killed
with handguns, 8 were slain with rifles,
2 were killed with shotguns, and 1 officer was murdered
with an unknown type of firearm. Two officers were killed
At the time of their murders, 26 officers were wearing
body armor. During the fatal attacks, 11 victim officers
fired their weapons, and 7 attempted to fire their weapons.
Four of the slain officers’ weapons were stolen,
and 1 officer was killed with his own weapon.
In addition to the officers who were feloniously killed,
66 officers lost their lives in the line of duty in 2006
as a result of accidents that occurred in 63 separate incidents.
66 officers who were killed accidentally, 38 died as a
result of automobile accidents, 11 officers were struck
by vehicles, 8 were involved in motorcycle accidents, 4
were killed in accidental shootings, 3 were in aircraft
accidents, and 2 officers died as a result of bicycle accidents.
The FBI will release final statistics in the Uniform
Crime Reporting Program’s annual publication Law
Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, which will be
published on the Internet in the fall of this year.
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