– In 2010, 56 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty.
– Of the officers feloniously killed, 32 were employed by city police departments, including 13 who were members of law enforcement agencies in cities with 250,000 or more inhabitants.
– Line-of-duty deaths occurred in 22 states and Puerto Rico.
– By region, 22 officers were feloniously killed in the South, 18 officers in the West, 10 officers in the Midwest, 3 in the Northeast, and 3 officers were feloniously killed in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
– The average age of the officers who were feloniously killed in 2010 was 38 years.
– The slain officers’ average length of law enforcement service was 10 years.
– Of the 56 officers slain in 2010, 54 were male, and 2 were female.
– By race, 48 of the victim officers were white, 7 were black, and 1 was Asian/Pacific Islander.
– 42 officers who were slain in 2010 were on assigned vehicle patrol.
– 8 officers were assigned to other duties, such as special assignments or undercover, when they were murdered.
– 5 of the slain officers were off duty but acting in an official capacity.
– 32 on-duty officers slain in 2010 were assisted at the time of the attacks.
– 19 on-duty officers were alone and unassisted at the time of the incidents.
– Of officers killed in 2010, most (55) were killed with firearms. Of these, 38 were killed with handguns. (A breakdown of the types of weapons used in these slayings is provided in Table 27.)
– 7 officers were killed with their own weapons.
– 7 officers attempted to use their weapons; 16 officers fired their weapons.
– 21 officers were slain with firearms when they were 0-5 feet from the offenders.