Table 38

Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed with Firearms
Location of Fatal Firearm Wound and Number of Victim Officers Wearing Body Armor, 1999–2008
Location of fatal firearm wound Total 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Number of victim officers killed
with firearms
Total 486 41 47 61 51 45 54 50 46 56 35
Front head 152 17 21 27 14 9 10 17 10 18 9
Rear head 45 6 2 3 8 5 6 6 5 3 1
Side head 49 1 1 4 7 7 7 2 5 7 8
Neck/throat 38 0 5 3 3 5 3 5 7 2 5
Front upper torso/chest 136 12 14 16 12 12 19 14 11 19 7
Rear upper torso/back 23 3 2 3 1 3 0 2 3 5 1
Front lower torso/stomach 28 1 2 5 3 3 4 3 2 1 4
Rear lower torso/back 8 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 1 1 0
Front below waist 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0
Rear below waist 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
Arms/hands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of victim officers killed with
firearms while wearing body armor
Total 309 27 29 38 34 31 31 30 26 34 29
Front head 115 10 16 21 12 6 5 12 9 15 9
Rear head 31 5 2 1 5 3 5 4 3 2 1
Side head 34 1 1 2 4 5 3 2 3 7 6
Neck/throat 27 0 2 3 3 4 3 3 4 1 4
Front upper torso/chest 70 7 5 9 4 8 11 8 6 7 5
Rear upper torso/back 9 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1
Front lower torso/stomach 14 1 1 1 3 3 1 1 0 0 3
Rear lower torso/back 5 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0
Front below waist 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Rear below waist 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Arms/hands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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