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Police firearm deaths at lowest level since 1887

Thirty-three U.S. law enforcement officers were killed by firearms in 2013, according to a report released Monday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. That's the lowest number of police deaths by firearm since 1887. Fifty-eight percent of the 33 officers killed by a firearm were shot with a handgun
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Jan 3, 2014, 8:57 am
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The numbers here are so tiny that there are probably not any meaningful lessons to be drawn, but the data points here raise more questions than they answer:

Fifty-eight percent of the 33 officers


In total, 111 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers lost their lives in the line of duty across America in 2013, down from 121 in 2012.

Traffic-related accidents were the leading cause of police deaths, killing 46 officers. Job-related illnesses, like heart attacks, increased in 2013, killing 18 officers. And seven officers were killed in ambushes.

First: 33 + 46 + 18 + 7 = 104, so what did in the remaining seven?

Second…what’s the difference between being killed with a weapon and being killed in an ambush?

“More than 30 percent of the officers killed in the line of duty over the past two years were not wearing their body armor…”

Is he referring specifically to those officers killed with firearms, or is that including the other causes of death?

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