To date, 24 officers have been shot to death in the line of duty this year

(CNN) -- We're 27 weeks into 2019, and 24 officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty across the country.
That's a decline from last year. Firearm-related deaths for officers are fewer than what they were at this time in 2018, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
    But to those affected, it's little comfort.
    "Even one death is too many," fund spokesman Steve Groeninger said. "Every number represents a shattered family, a shattered department and a community that is grieving."
    Here's a list of the officers who have been gunned down while on duty in the United States in 2019.
    The parameters CNN followed in this count are:
    • The officer was fatally shot this year.
    • The officer was on duty at the time of the shooting.

    July 7
    Hall County (Georgia) Sheriff's Deputy Nicolas Dixon

    Deputy Nicolas Dixon was killed after trying to stop a stolen vehicle suspected to have been involved in multiple burglaries. The suspect was shot, officials say, and may be charged with felony murder.

    June 25
    Fulton County (Illinois) Deputy Sheriff Troy Chisum

    eputy Troy Chisum was responding to a domestic disturbance call in which a man had barricaded himself inside a home. During the ensuing altercation, he was shot and killed, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

    June 23
    North County Police Cooperative (Missouri) Officer Michael Langsdorf

    Officer Michael Langsdorf was shot and killed after he responded to a call about a man who was reportedly trying to cash a bad check. The 17-year veteran of the force was engaged to be married and left behind two children.

    June 20
    Mission (Texas) Cpl. Jose Espericueta

    Cpl. Jose Espericueta was gunned down while pursuing a suspect who a woman said had shot at her car. He'd recently received a Meritorious Service Award after saving a woman from a burning house, CNN affiliate KGBT reported.

    June 19
    Sacramento (California) Police Officer Tara O'Sullivan

    During a domestic disturbance call, Officer Tara O'Sullivan was shot and lay bleeding on the ground for nearly an hour while other officers battled a gunman. She later died at a hospital. She had just recently graduated from the police academy.

    May 19
    Auburn (Alabama) Police Officer William Buechner

    Officer William Buechner was responding to a domestic-disturbance call when a suspect fired on him and two other officers. Buechner, who had served the department for 13 years, was killed. The other officers were wounded but were expected to recover.

    May 11
    Savannah (Georgia) Police Officer Kelvin Ansari

    gt. Kelvin Ansari, who served in the US Army for 21 years prior to becoming an officer, was killed when shots broke out after he and other officers were approaching a vehicle suspected as part of a robbery investigation.

    May 5
    Biloxi (Mississippi) Police Officer Robert McKeithen

    fficer Robert McKeithen was gunned down in a parking lot outside police headquarters. The 24-year veteran of the Biloxi Police Department was set to retire at the end of the year.

    May 4
    Mooresville (North Carolina) Police Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon

    fficer Jordan Sheldon, a K-9 officer, was shot during a routine traffic stop and died at a nearby hospital. The suspect fled, but police traced him to his apartment, where they found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    April 13
    Cowlitz County (Washington) Deputy Sheriff Justin DeRosier

    Deputy Justin DeRosier was responding to a disabled vehicle when he was shot. He was taken to a hospital in Vancouver, Washington, where he died. DeRosier left behind a wife and a 6-month-old daughter. It was the first officer death in the 165-year-old history of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.

    March 24
    El Paso County (Texas) Deputy Sheriff Peter Herrera

    Deputy Peter Herrera was shot after pulling over a vehicle during a traffic stop. Officials said the suspect fired his gun 15 times before he and his girlfriend fled on foot and were captured in a nearby shed, according to CNN affiliate KVIA.

    March 19
    Kittitas County (Washington) Deputy Sheriff Ryan Thompson

    Deputy Ryan Thompson was responding to a complaint about a motorist and attempted to stop the vehicle. But the driver wouldn't stop, and officers took off after him. After he eventually pulled over, the motorist got out of the car and opened fire on the officers. Both Thompson and the driver were killed in the ensuing shootout.

    March 7
    McHenry County (Illinois) Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner

    Deputy Jacob Kelter was working with members of the US Marshals Service to serve an arrest warrant on a man staying at a hotel. The suspect shot at the officers with a rifle from inside a hotel room, officials said, before jumping out of a window and again opening fire on the officers. Kelter was struck and later succumbed to his gunshot wounds at a nearby hospital, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports.

    March 5
    Midland (Texas) Police Officer Nathan Heidelberg