Table 63

Law Enforcement Officers Accidentally Killed
Circumstance at Scene of Incident by Type of Assignment, 1998–2007
Circumstance Total 2-Officer
vehicle
1-Officer vehicle Foot patrol Other1 Off
duty
Alone Assisted Alone Assisted Alone Assisted
Number of victim officers Total 759 92 386 91 2 4 69 102 13
Automobile accident Total 431 73 277 32 0 0 35 12 2
Motorcycle accident Total 67 0 48 10 0 0 5 2 2
Aircraft accident Total 38 0 0 0 0 0 13 24 1
Struck by vehicle Total 124 12 53 36 0 1 6 12 4
Traffic stop, roadblock, etc. 50 6 23 17 0 0 0 4 0
Directing traffic, assisting motorist, etc. 74 6 30 19 0 1 6 8 4
Accidental shooting Total 35 2 2 2 0 1 5 21 2
Crossfire, mistaken for subject, firearm mishap 22 2 0 2 0 1 1 14 2
Training session 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Self-inflicted, cleaning mishap (not apparent or confirmed suicide) 7 0 2 0 0 0 4 1 0
Drowning Total 24 1 1 3 1 1 2 13 2
Fall Total 15 1 0 3 1 1 2 7 0
Other accidental (electrocution, explosion, etc.) Total 25 3 5 5 0 0 1 11 0

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