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The number of police officers who have died in the line of duty in 2011 has increased 14 percent nationwide from last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

“We’re hearing about more brazen, violent activity today, more cold-blooded murders,” said Craig Floyd, chairman and CEO of the fund.

The shooting death of a New York police officer early Monday morning marks the 166th death nationwide in the past 11 months, up from last year’s 146, Floyd said.

Veteran police officer Peter Figoski, 47, died after he was shot in the face when he interrupted a robbery in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s official report.

Source: CNN

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