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Law Enforcement Shooting Deaths Up 78 Percent in 2016

A new report from National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund shows that ambush attacks have caused a massive spike in the deaths of LEOs.

Ambush attacks on law enforcement officers around the country have caused a massive spike in shooting-related LEO deaths compared the same period in 2015, according to a report from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.

The report released by the nonprofit group Thursday states that of the 32 shooting-related deaths, nearly half were the result of ambush attacks on unsuspecting officers.

Firearms-related fatalities rose 78 percent thus far in 2016. Thirty-two officers were shot and killed this year compared to 18 during the same period in 2015. All of the 32 firearms-related cases involved fatal assaults on officers, driving up the percentage of officers feloniously shot and killed.

… Ambush killings of unsuspecting law enforcement officers is the leading circumstance of the firearms-related fatalities with 14 thus far in 2016—spiking more than 300 percent over the three ambush killings in the same period last year.

The recent shootings of police officers in both Dallas and Baton Rouge have put Texas and Louisiana at the top of the list of deadliest states for law enforcement.

To read the rest of the report from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, please visit NLEOMF.org.

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