On average, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 57 hours in America.
Between 1976 and 1998, of the over 1,800 officers killed--
- 16% were on disturbance calls
- 14% were in robbery arrest situations
- 14% were investigating suspicious persons/circumstances
- 13% were making traffic pursuits/stops
- 13% were attempting arrests for offenses other than robbery or burglary
- 10% were in ambush situations
- 7% were in an arrest situation involving drug-related matters
- 5% were in a burglary arrest situation arrests
- 6% were in other situations
Of the 901 assailants identified in the killing of law enforcement officers from 1989-98 --
- almost half had a prior conviction
- almost one-fifth were on probation or parole at the time
Most law enforcement officers are killed with firearms, particularly handguns.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics