Table 38

Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed with Firearms
Location of Fatal Firearm Wound and Number of Victim Officers Wearing Body Armor, 2000–2009
Location of fatal firearm wound Total 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Number of victim officers killed
with firearms
Total 490 47 61 51 45 54 50 46 56 35 45
Front head 151 21 27 14 9 10 17 10 18 9 16
Rear head 41 2 3 8 5 6 6 5 3 1 2
Side head 53 1 4 7 7 7 2 5 7 8 5
Neck/throat 45 5 3 3 5 3 5 7 2 5 7
Front upper torso/chest 135 14 16 12 12 19 14 11 19 7 11
Rear upper torso/back 21 2 3 1 3 0 2 3 5 1 1
Front lower torso/stomach 28 2 5 3 3 4 3 2 1 4 1
Rear lower torso/back 7 0 0 1 0 3 1 1 1 0 0
Front below waist 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1
Rear below waist 3 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Arms/hands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fatal wound location not reported 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Number of victim officers killed with
firearms while wearing body armor
Total 315 29 38 34 31 31 30 26 34 29 33
Front head 117 16 21 12 6 5 12 9 15 9 12
Rear head 28 2 1 5 3 5 4 3 2 1 2
Side head 38 1 2 4 5 3 2 3 7 6 5
Neck/throat 33 2 3 3 4 3 3 4 1 4 6
Front upper torso/chest 70 5 9 4 8 11 8 6 7 5 7
Rear upper torso/back 8 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1
Front lower torso/stomach 13 1 1 3 3 1 1 0 0 3 0
Rear lower torso/back 4 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
Front below waist 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rear below waist 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Arms/hands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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