Seventy-seven state and local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty during the first six months of this year, compared with sixty-eight deaths during the first half of 2002. An average of 166 officers have died in the line of duty annually over the last 10 years.
Of the 77 officers who were killed, 33 were shot, 23 died in automobile accidents, seven were struck by automobiles while outside of their own vehicles, five officers died of job-related illnesses, two died in motorcycle accidents, two officers were beaten to death, one officer was killed in an aircraft accident, one officer drowned, one officer was electrocuted, one officer was stabbed, and one officer fell to his death. Four of the officers who died during this period of time were women.
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