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Number of Cop Killings in First Half of 2015 Down Substantially from 2014

June 30, 2015  | 

Wreath honoring fallen officer at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. (Photo: NLEOMF)
Wreath honoring fallen officer at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. (Photo: NLEOMF)

The number of officers shot and killed by suspects over the first half of 2015 is down substantially at 16 from the 23 officers killed over the same period last year, according to records kept by the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Some, like Sonny Kim of the Cincinnati Police Department, were shot and killed while responding to 911 calls. Terence Green, a Fulton County, Ga., police detective and the first officer to be fatally shot this year, was searching a neighborhood after a report of gunfire March 4, police say, when Amanuel Menghesha shot him.

Others were serving arrest warrants when the suspect in question opened fire. Kerrie Orozco, an Omaha police officer, was shot and killed while she and other officers were serving an arrest warrant in a different shooting. Orozco, 29, was hours away from beginning maternity leave when she was killed.

Overall, though, statistics suggest that being a police officer has gotten much safer over the past few decades. While the FBI reported this year that the number of officers killed in the line of duty nearly doubled last year over the year before — rising to 51 — that number still dramatically falls below what the country saw in previous decades, the Washington Post reports.


Comments (4)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 6/30/2015 3:36 PM

Shooting and killings of Police Officers are down? Boy you could have fooled me! At the speed these stories are coming in I don't know whether to believe that or not.

S.S. @ 7/1/2015 7:16 AM

I don't think so. It just doesn't feel like it. We are now more than ever are under attack than I've ever seen in my 20 years.

Ok @ 7/7/2015 11:29 AM

Funny, they announced June was the safest June in the history of NYC this week too, but some somehow shootings and homicides are at an all time high. Maybe the same number shufflers are doing these calculations.

jesus_loves_you! @ 9/20/2015 12:28 PM

Perhaps you guys should lay off the FOX news think with your heads instead of being so emotional. It really is safer out there in a patrol cruiser than in a garbage truck.

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