Table 38

Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed with Firearms
Point of Entry for Torso Wounds and Wearing Body Armor, 1997-2006

Point of entry Total 1997 1998 1999 20001 2001 2002 2003 20042 2005 2006
Number of victim officers killed with firearms 101 13 10 11 7 11 8 12 13 9 7
Entered between side panels of vest 14 3 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 3 2
Entered through armhole or shoulder area of vest 33 2 1 5 5 8 3 2 2 3 2
Entered above vest (front or back of neck, collarbone area, etc.) 17 5 2 2 0 1 0 2 3 1 1
Entered below vest (abdominal or lower back area) 15 0 3 1 1 1 3 3 2 1 0
Penetrated through vest (round more powerful than vest's
    capabilities/specifications)
20 3 3 3 0 1 1 4 4 0 1
Penetrated through vest (body armor failure) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Not reported 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

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