Table 63

Law Enforcement Officers Accidentally Killed
Circumstance at Scene of Incident by Type of Assignment, 1999–2008
Circumstance Total 2-Officer
vehicle
1-Officer vehicle Foot patrol Other1 Off
duty
Alone Assisted Alone Assisted Alone Assisted
Number of victim officers Total 746 82 375 96 2 2 74 101 14
Automobile accident Total 422 63 271 34 0 0 37 15 2
Motorcycle accident Total 70 0 49 10 0 0 5 3 3
Aircraft accident Total 36 0 0 0 0 0 13 22 1
Struck by vehicle Total 123 12 47 38 0 1 8 13 4
Traffic stop, roadblock, etc. 47 5 21 17 0 0 0 4 0
Directing traffic, assisting motorist, etc. 76 7 26 21 0 1 8 9 4
Accidental shooting Total 34 2 2 2 0 0 5 21 2
Crossfire, mistaken for subject, firearm mishap 21 2 0 2 0 0 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 19 1 0 3 1 1 1 11 1
Fall Total 14 1 0 3 1 0 2 7 0
Other accidental (electrocution, explosion, etc.) Total 28 3 6 6 0 0 3 9 1

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