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FBI Releases Information on Officers Killed in the Line of Duty in 2018

May 15, 2019

UNITED STATES – According to an FBI press release published by, a total of 106 law enforcement officials were killed in the line of duty in 2018.*

A recent press release issued by the FBI reports that a total of 106 law enforcement officials were killed in the line of duty in 2018.  Of these 106 reported officer deaths, 55 were the result of felonious acts while 51 were the result of accidents.

Officer Deaths Resulting from Felonious Conduct

The FBI press release indicates that the 55 felonious deaths happened in 28 states and Puerto Rico.  A further breakdown of these deaths reveals, among other statistics, the following:

  • The average age of officers killed was 37;
  • 52 of the 55 officers were male, and 3 were female;
  • 46 of these officers were white, 7 were African American, and 2 were Native Hawaiin/Pacific Islander;
  • 23 deaths were the result of investigative or enforcement activities;
  • 11 deaths were the result of ambush;
  • 4 officers died in the course of responding to crimes in progress;
  • 2 deaths involved administrative assignments;
  • 2 deaths involved assisting other officers with foot pursuits;
  • 2 deaths resulted from responding to disorders/disturbances;
  • 1 death involved a traffic stop; and
  • 1 death involved an unprovoked attack.

A vast majority of officer deaths relating to felonious conduct involved firearms at 51 of the 55 deaths.  The other 4 deaths involved the use of vehicles as weapons.

Officer Deaths Resulting from Accidents

Of the 51 officer deaths relating to accidents, the FBI press release reveals, among other statistics, the following:

  • The average age of officers killed was 36;
  • 47 of the 51 officers were male, and 4 were female;
  • 39 of these officers were white, 8 were African American, 3 were American Indian/Alaska Native, and 1 was Asian;
  • 34 deaths were the result of motor vehicle accidents;
  • 9 deaths resulted from pedestrian officers being struck by vehicles;
  • 3 deaths resulted from officer drownings;
  • 2 deaths resulted from firearms-related incidents;
  • 1 death resulted from a fall during a foot pursuit; and
  • 2 deaths resulted from being struck by a commuter train.

Motor vehicle accidents were by far the most common accident-related death plaguing officers in the line of duty in 2018.  Of the 29 officers killed in motor vehicle accidents, 8 of these officers were wearing seatbelts, and 15 were not.

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