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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