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Report: 40% of Officers Shot This Year Were Ambushed

August 25, 2011  | 

Nearly 40 percent of the police officers who were shot this year were ambushed, according to a report in USA Today.

Of the 50 officers killed by gunfire this year, which is a 32 percent increase from the same time last year, at least 19 were victims of ambush or surprise attacks, Kevin Johnson reports. The media outlet reviewed case summaries and interviewed police officials for its report.

Attorney General Eric Holder has launched a broad review of officer-safety in the wake of rising gunfire fatalities, citing the need for more research to help officers survive violent encounters.

Source: USA Today

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Comments (6)

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Kurt Nagl @ 8/25/2011 6:25 PM

Let's keep the bad guys in jail!

ted pride @ 8/25/2011 6:37 PM

who cares if they get in the way of being ambushed. they are worthless psychos.

Tom @ 8/26/2011 5:56 AM

Holder has launched a broad review. Now that is a real confidence builder.
Post above by ted pride needs to be removed as he is obviously a cop hater and has no business on this discussion board.

John @ 8/26/2011 9:36 AM

Kurt Nagl @ 8/25/2011 6:25 PM
Let's keep the bad guys in jail!

KEEP THE BAD GUYS IN JAIL???????? HOW ABOUT KILL THE BAD GUYS THEY DONT RESPECT US WHY SHOULD WE RESPECT THEM??????

John @ 8/26/2011 9:37 AM

ted pride @ 8/25/2011 6:37 PM
who cares if they get in the way of being ambushed. they are worthless psychos.

IF YOU HAVE A JOB WHICH I DOUBT, HOW ABOUT YOU GET AMBUSHED AT WORK???? NOW THAT WOULD BE FUNNY YOU POS

Brad @ 8/26/2011 1:07 PM

If you haven't already read them already, "Tactical Perfection for the Street Cop" by Steve Albrecht, and Anatomy of a "Motor Vehicle Stop" by Joseph and Matthew Petrocelli are two excellent books on street tactics. They are definitely worth a read, especially in the wake of recent events. Be safe out there guys and gals.

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