Table 61

Law Enforcement Officers Accidentally Killed
Circumstance at Scene of Incident, 1999–2008
Circumstance Total 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Number of victim officers Total 746 65 83 76 75 81 82 67 66 83 68
Automobile accident Total 422 41 42 36 40 50 48 39 38 49 39
Motorcycle accident Total 70 6 6 7 7 10 10 4 8 6 6
Aircraft accident Total 36 4 7 5 6 1 3 2 3 3 2
Struck by vehicle Total 123 9 14 19 12 10 10 11 13 12 13
Traffic stop, roadblock, etc. 47 3 7 7 4 6 3 5 4 7 1
Directing traffic, assisting motorist, etc. 76 6 7 12 8 4 7 6 9 5 12
Accidental shooting Total 34 3 3 5 3 2 4 4 4 4 2
Crossfire, mistaken for subject, firearm mishap 21 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 3 4 2
Training session 6 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Self-inflicted, cleaning mishap (not apparent or confirmed suicide) 7 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
Drowning Total 19 0 3 1 3 4 3 2 0 2 1
Fall Total 14 1 3 2 1 2 1 3 0 1 0
Other accidental (electrocution, explosion, etc.) Total 28 1 5 1 3 2 3 2 0 6 5

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