May 14th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

FBI: Number of officers slain on duty increased in 2011

Seventy-two law enforcement officers in the U.S. were slain in the line of duty in 2011, an increase of 16 over the previous year, according to an FBI report released Monday. The report does not include reasons for the rise.

The statistics collected by the FBI from police agencies across the nation reflects the varied nature of the killings. Fourteen of the victims were slain in unprovoked attacks. Eleven were killed while pursuing or stopping suspect vehicles. Six of the officers died while engaging in tactical operations. Five were slain in entrapments or ambushes, five others were killed while conducting investigations, and another five were killed after responding to robbery calls.

"Each of these losses is devastating," FBI Director Robert Mueller said in a statement, "and each one reminds us that the safety and freedom we enjoy come only at great cost."

The suspects used firearms in 63 of the 72 killings. That includes 50 by handguns. Seven were killed with rifles and six with shotguns.

The largest number of slain officers, by region, occurred in the South (29).

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  1. hamsta

    could that have something to do with crooked cops shooting unarmed law abiding citizens? whos watching the watchmen?

    May 14, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    No @hamsta that doesn't get them killed. Armed criminals are the real threat. And now with everyone and his brother taking it as a right to carry guns, these guys do put their lives on line.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Alot of it has also to do with the cutbacks many major cities are experiencing due to foreclosures, so police forces are being decreased. That not only puts citizens at risk but police officers as well.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Rightly said @ chrissy.
    Not only the police force but teachers, firefighters,first responders are the victims of these cut backs. Schools, infrastructure, Health care all falling under the ax. The richest nation on the planet. The most debt ridden.
    So where are our tax dollars going? Besides the ever gaping maw of military conflicts, bases and dole outs etc.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hamsta

    @ saywhat both myself and chrissy live in rough areas and speak from experience. its a good thing i own a gun,i was almost robbed outside the bank this morning. guns arent the problem. your department of justice (eric holder) selling stolen guns to criminals and the obama administration with their gun control bullcrap pose a bigger threat. what are you going to do when you get robbed? pull your cell phone out of its holster and call the police? you will be dead before you dial the number. you have absolutely no clue. i dont trust criminals and trust cops even less.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hamsta

    Thats right the richest nation on earth until obama wasted 6 trillion dollars with absolutely nothing to show. but so it goes when you believe in social justice.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dixon

      no matter how many times you all repeat it a lie is still a lie. Obama should get credit for his part in our economy, but he isn't alone. The bills were run up to support and enrich Cheney's company and friends. As always, the republicans and their partners in banking and business were successful in gutting anything that would do any good for the economy, or the average Amercian.

      May 15, 2012 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    @ hamsta
    I agree with you on personal protection but everyone carrying a gun isn't the solution.
    The law enforcement is doing its job in protecting us citizens or this would be Wild West all over. The need is to bolster the police force not cut back, up grade training facilities, stricter gun laws, attention to inner cities, focus on increasing poverty, unemployment and education.
    Not on creating enemies and boogeymen outside our borders , drumming up fear and hysteria to keep the war machine going. Focus inwards.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hamsta

    ya thats all we need, more gun control to leave us defenseless against criminals both with and without a badge. hurricane katrina should have been a rude awaking to all the gun control whackos. but then again so should columbine. the police did absolutely nothing while students and teachers were executed. but just maybe if just one teacher had just one gun some lives might have been saved.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      I have no problem with sane responsible folks packing. But other than the obvious nutcases, there's no way to stop any yahoo, red neck or otherwise from owning a handgun. I own a weapon or two and am a staunch defender of "Castle doctrines". There are sections in the US where law enforcement is spread thin and carrying a weapon is almost a necessity. But I'll be Damned if I will ever back a damn vigilante chasing down some guy when there are cops around.

      May 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Its a debate where both sides have staunch supporters.
    I wonder why have our system broken down to the extent that each one of us needs to pack a gun, there is something wrong somewhere and serious. As folks in most other Western countries don't see it this way in their respective countries.

    May 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hamsta

    @ saywhat the same thing has happened in greece. seems to be common wherever socialism is prevailant.

    May 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hamsta

    @saywhat as long as the government has orwellian tendencies and policies their will always be a need for the second ammendment.

    May 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. devans

    Please, don't do these types of horrible things. They aren't the way to solve anything, believe me alot of people are working as hard as they can, very hard but thet aren't killing people whom we should respect, no matter what. There are other ways of dealing with negativity.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |