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FBI Releases 2013 LEOKA Statistics

November 25, 2014  | 

According to statistics collected by the FBI, 76 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2013. Of these, 27 law enforcement officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 49 officers died in accidents. In addition, 49,851 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults. Comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks and selected assaults resulting in injury are included in the 2013 edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, released yesterday.

Felonious Deaths

The 27 felonious deaths occurred in 16 states. The number of officers killed as a result of criminal acts in 2013 decreased by 22 when compared with the 49 officers who were feloniously killed in 2012. The five- and 10-year comparisons show a decrease of 21 felonious deaths compared with the 2009 figure (48 officers) and a decrease of 30 deaths compared with 2004 data (57 officers).

Officer Profiles: The average age of the officers who were feloniously killed was 39 years. The victim officers had served in law enforcement for an average of 13 years at the time of the fatal incidents. Twenty-five of the officers were male, and two were female. Twenty-five of the officers were white, and two were black.

Circumstances: Of the 27 officers feloniously killed, six were killed in arrest situations, five were investigating suspicious persons or circumstances, five were ambushed, four were involved in tactical situations, four were answering disturbance calls, and two were conducting traffic pursuits/stops. One was conducting an investigative activity, such as surveillance, a search, or an interview.

Weapons: Offenders used firearms to kill 26 of the 27 victim officers. Of these 26 officers, 18 were slain with handguns, five with rifles, and three with shotguns. One officer was killed with a vehicle used as a weapon.

Regions: Fifteen of the felonious deaths occurred in the South, six in the West, four in the Midwest, and two in the Northeast.

Suspects: Law enforcement agencies identified 28 alleged assailants in connection with the felonious line-of-duty deaths. Twenty of the assailants had prior criminal arrests, and six of the offenders were under judicial supervision at the time of the felonious incidents.

Accidental Deaths

Forty-nine law enforcement officers were killed accidentally while performing their duties in 2013. The majority (23 officers) were killed in automobile accidents. The number of accidental line-of-duty deaths increased by one from the 2012 total (48 officers).

Officer Profiles: The average age of the officers who were accidentally killed was 41 years; the average number of years the victim officers had served in law enforcement was 13. All 49 of the officers were male. Forty-one of the officers were white, six were black, and race was not reported for two officers.

Circumstances: Of the 49 officers accidentally killed, 23 died as a result of automobile accidents, nine were struck by vehicles, four officers died in motorcycle accidents, four officers were killed in falls, two were accidentally shot, two drowned, one died in an aircraft accident, and four officers died in other types of duty-related accidents. Seatbelt usage was reported for 22 of the 23 officers killed in automobile accidents. Of these, 14 officers were not wearing seatbelts, three of whom were seated in parked patrol vehicles. Eight officers were wearing their seatbelts at the times of the accidents.

Regions: Thirty-one of the accidental deaths occurred in the South, nine in the West, five in the Northeast, and 4 in the Midwest.


In 2013, of the 49,851 officers assaulted while performing their duties, 29.2 percent were injured. The largest percentage of victim officers (31.2 percent) were assaulted while responding to disturbance calls. Assailants used personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) in 79.8 percent of the incidents, firearms in 4.5 percent of incidents, and knives or other cutting instruments in 1.8 percent of the incidents. Other types of dangerous weapons were used in 13.9 percent of assaults. Expanded assault details have been included in the 2013 publication. Data for assaults during which officers were injured with firearms or knives/other cutting instruments are located in new tables, figures, and selected narratives.

Comments (5)

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Mohammed Fuxpigs @ 11/25/2014 8:19 PM

Wow! So there goes the line about how deadly the job is. More librarians die in the job. It's bad driving that kills these bozos. I wonder how many shootings were justified. Meaning, when a cop is is killed for threatening a person. IE, he deserved to die! To bad more aren't rundown

TheRookie @ 11/25/2014 10:50 PM

Muhammad Fuckpigs; At least spell it right gutless wonder. You're the same type of person I could have shot & killed numerous times throughout my career with justification each time. You don't like the Police then stay off this thread and/or STFU Clit Face.

Mohammed Fuxspigs @ 11/26/2014 8:24 AM

@the rookie, who the fuck are you to tell me how to spell my name? Typical pig thinking it's your way for everyone. And if words on the internet get you that worked up, it proves my point about cops being sociopaths, with a need for power and control. Come to my house talking that smack, and your old ass will be shot full of holes. And then hung by your nuts in the front yard, just like my 12 point buck I shot. You cops all practice faggotry, and say you are working to protect everyone. Well worry about yourself. Cops are useless. People can and should protect themselves. You are all crooked lying bastards. And I'm happy when one of your gang I'd killed. But don't act like its a deadly job. I mean 27 killed. Think how many people are "accidentally" killed by pigs. It's far more than 27. So you are an old pile of worthless skin. Hopefully your sickness that you have does you in real soon

James twiss @ 11/26/2014 10:42 PM

You are a FUCKING idiot. Don't call a cop when someone is kicking your ass.

Mohammed Fuxpigs @ 11/28/2014 12:02 AM

James twiss, trust me I won't or havent ever. And what is a fucking pig gonna do? Come fuck with me? I'd rather just handle it myself. And maybe I deserved an ass whippin. People think cops save them, that's wrong, they write bullshit tickets and track down people who haven't paid a parking ticket or some bullshit speeding ticket. Cops are worthless fucks. Look at Ferguson on Monday, the shitbags watched people burn the city down. Hey thanks worthless pigs. Cops are crooked, lying, stealing, bastards. Funny you say don't call a cop when someone is whipping my ass. Is that what cops do? They save people from ass whooping? Just shows you how worthless those fucks really are. 99% of cops are faggots, so you wonder why we are in this situation. A good cop is a dead cop

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