Officer deaths increased 37 percent in 2016
By Jennifer Cruz
Law enforcement officers carry the casket of Louisville Police Officer Nick Rodman, who died in April from injuries sustained in a car accident while on patrol. (Photo: Courier Journal)
The number of police officers killed in the line of duty increased 37 percent last year, according to FBI data released Monday.
The annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Report shows that 118 officers were killed in 2016, up from 86 the year before. Last year’s total is comprised of 66 officers killed as a result of felonious acts and another 52 officers died in accidents.
Last year saw 25 more officers killed during the commission of a felony, an increase of 61 percent, the report shows. An analysis of the data shows a slight increase over the past 10 years.
The felonious deaths occurred in 29 states, as well as Puerto Rico, and Texas saw the greatest number of law enforcement deaths in 2016, the data shows. Of the eight officers killed in Texas, five were fatally shot in the same ambush that took place in July during a march in downtown Dallas. Behind Texas, California had five law enforcement deaths, while Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee each saw three police officers killed