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FBI: 51 police officers killed in line of duty in 2000

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A study released by the FBI says 51 police officers were killed in the line of duty last year, an increase of more than 20 percent from 1999.

The report, titled "Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2000," said the figure of 51 officers killed was a jump from 42 the previous year.

The report says 27 victims worked for city police departments, 21 worked for county police and sheriffs departments and three worked for state agencies. No federal officers were feloniously killed in 2000.

FBI report on police officer deaths in 2000 

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Firearms were used in 47 of the 51 slayings. Handguns accounted for 33 police deaths. Rifles were used in 10 of the killings. Shotguns were employed in 4 officer slayings.

The report says 29 of the 47 officers shot to death were wearing body armor when they were killed.

Only one victim was female.

The danger to police on the beat is reflected in the circumstances of the killings.

Thirteen officers were killed while conducting traffic stops. Another 12 were slain during arrests. Ten officers were ambushed. Eight were killed responding to disturbance calls. Six were murdered during investigations. Two were killed transporting prisoners.

Sixty-five suspects were identified in connection with the 51 deaths. The FBI figures show 51 individuals were arrested, nine were "justifiably killed" by the victim officers or other officers, and five suspects committed suicide.

The newly compiled figures for 2000 also show that 84 officers were killed in accidents while performing official duties--most of them in car, motorcycle, or plane accidents.

While officer slayings are uncommon, assaults on officers occur frequently. According to the more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies reporting, more than 56,000 officers were assaulted in the line of duty last year. Of those assaults, 81.7 percent were committed with personal weapons such as hands, fist or feet, and 29.3 percent of these incidents resulted in injury.



• Federal Bureau of Investigation

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