Table 40

Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed with Firearms While Wearing Body Armor
Point of Entry for Torso Wounds, 2000–2009
Point of entry Total 20001 2001 2002 2003 20042 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Number of victim officers killed with firearms while wearing body armor and receiving torso wounds 97 9 11 8 12 15 9 7 9 9 8
Entered between side panels of vest 12 1 0 1 1 2 3 2 0 1 1
Entered through armhole or shoulder area of vest 36 5 8 3 2 2 3 2 6 2 3
Entered above vest (front or back of neck, collarbone area, etc.) 12 0 1 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 1
Entered below vest (abdominal or lower back area) 14 1 1 3 3 2 1 0 0 3 0
Penetrated through vest (round more powerful than vest's capabilities/specifications) 16 0 1 1 4 4 0 1 2 1 2
Penetrated through vest (body armor failure) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Not reported 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1

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