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Table 38

Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed with Firearms
Point of Entry for Torso Wounds and Wearing Body Armor, 1995-2004
Point of entry
Total 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 20001 2001 2002 2003 20042
Total
103 9 9 13 10 11 7 11 8 12 13
Entered between side panels of vest
16 3 4 3 1 0 1 0 1 1 2
Entered through armhole or shoulder area of vest
33 3 2 2 1 5 5 8 3 2 2
Entered above vest (front or back of neck, collarbone area, etc.)
16 0 1 5 2 2 0 1 0 2 3
Entered below vest (abdominal or lower back area)
16 1 1 0 3 1 1 1 3 3 2
Penetrated through vest (round more powerful than vest's capabilities/specifications)
22 2 1 3 3 3 0 1 1 4 4
Penetrated through vest (body armor failure)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1For one victim not included in the 2000 total, location of fatal firearm wound was rear upper torso/back while victim was only wearing a front panel vest.

2For one victim not included in the 2004 total, location of fatal wound was front upper torso/chest; however, body armor was not penetrated. Fatal wound was due to blunt force trauma to chest.