Table 33

Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed
Circumstance at Scene of Incident by Type of Weapon, 2000–2009
Circumstance Total Total
firearms
Handgun Rifle Shotgun Type of
firearm not
reported
Knife or
other cutting
instrument
Bomb Blunt
instrument
Personal
weapons
Vehicle Other
Number of victim officers Total 536 490 357 94 38 1 3 2 2 1 38 0
Disturbance call Total 77 73 47 15 11 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Disturbance (bar fight, person with
firearm, etc.)
35 35 21 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Domestic disturbance (family quarrel, etc.) 42 38 26 8 4 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Arrest situation Total 121 117 98 11 7 1 0 0 0 0 4 0
Burglary in progress/pursuing burglary suspect 14 13 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Robbery in progress/pursuing robbery suspect 38 36 33 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Drug-related matter 19 18 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Attempting other arrest 50 50 39 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Civil disorder (mass disobedience, riot, etc.) Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Handling, transporting, custody of prisoner Total 13 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Investigating suspicious person/circumstance Total 59 55 49 3 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 0
Ambush situation Total 115 113 61 41 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Entrapment/premeditation 42 42 16 19 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unprovoked attack 73 71 45 22 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Investigative activity (surveillance, search, interview, etc.) Total 9 7 5 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Handling person with mental illness Total 12 11 9 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Traffic pursuit/stop Total 101 73 62 9 2 0 1 0 0 0 27 0
Felony vehicle stop 36 18 13 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Traffic violation stop 65 55 49 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Tactical situation (barricaded offender, hostage taking, high-risk entry, etc.) Total 29 28 13 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

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