Table 63

Law Enforcement Officers Accidentally Killed
Circumstance at Scene of Incident by Type of Assignment, 2000–2009
Circumstance Total 2-Officer
vehicle
1-Officer vehicle Foot patrol Other1 Off
duty
Alone Assisted Alone Assisted Alone Assisted
Number of victim officers Total 728 78 365 95 2 2 71 99 16
Automobile accident Total 415 60 266 35 0 0 38 13 3
Motorcycle accident Total 67 0 46 9 0 0 5 4 3
Aircraft accident Total 33 0 0 0 0 0 9 23 1
Struck by vehicle Total 120 12 45 38 0 1 8 12 4
Traffic stop, roadblock, etc. 47 5 21 17 0 0 0 4 0
Directing traffic, assisting motorist, etc. 73 7 24 21 0 1 8 8 4
Accidental shooting Total 33 1 2 3 0 0 5 19 3
Crossfire, mistaken for subject, firearm mishap 21 1 0 3 0 0 1 13 3
Training session 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 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 13 1 0 2 1 0 2 7 0
Other accidental (electrocution, explosion, etc.) Total 28 3 6 5 0 0 3 10 1

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