Saturday, December 17, 2016

Fallen officers: 64 shot dead in the line of duty in 2016

By Jason Hanna, Ralph Ellis and Steve Visser, CNN

At least 64 law enforcement officers have been shot and killed this year, the most in five years, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The 2016 shootings have spanned the nation, from California to Massachusetts.

They've exceeded the annual average of policeshooting deaths over the past 10 years, 53. And this year's total is higher than the number of firearms-related police deaths in 2015. According to the fund, firearms were responsible for 41 of 123 officer fatalities in 2015, one of the safest years for officers on record.

The decade's highest total came in 2011, with 73 officers shot dead.
This year's shooting deaths include an officer on her first day on the job and a sheriff's corporal who was about to retire.

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