According to statistics reported to the FBI, 89 law enforcement
officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2019. Of these, 48 officers
died as a result of felonious acts, and 41 officers died in accidents.
Comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing
the fatal attacks are included in Law Enforcement Officers Killed and
Assaulted, 2019, released today.
The 48 felonious deaths occurred
in 19 states and in Puerto Rico. The number of officers killed as a result of
criminal acts in 2019 was 8 less than the 56 officers who were feloniously
killed in 2018. The 5- and 10-year comparisons show an increase of 7 felonious
deaths compared with the 2015 figure (41 officers) and a decrease of 7 deaths
compared with 2010 data (55 officers).
Profiles. The average age of the officers who were feloniously killed
was 40 years old. The victim officers had served in law enforcement for an
average of 13 years at the times of the fatal incidents. Of the 48 officers:
were black/African American
Circumstances. Of the
48 officers feloniously killed:
died as a result of investigative or law enforcement activities
were conducting traffic violation stops
were performing investigative activities
were drug-related matters
were interacting with wanted persons
was investigating suspicious person or circumstance
were involved in tactical situations
were barricaded/hostage situations
were serving, or attempting to serve, search warrants
were serving, or attempting to serve, arrest warrants
was reported in the category titled “other tactical situation”
were involved in unprovoked attacks
were responding to crimes in progress
was reported in the category titled “other crime against property”
were involved in arrest situations and were attempting to restrain/control/handcuff
the offender(s) during the arrest situations
were assisting other law enforcement officers
with vehicular pursuits
with foot pursuit
were responding to disorders or disturbances
were responding to disturbances (disorderly subjects, fights, etc.)
was responding to a domestic violence call
were involved in vehicular pursuits
were ambushed (entrapment/premeditation)
was serving, or attempting to serve, a court order (eviction notice,
Offenders used firearms to kill 44 of the 48 victim officers. Four officers
were killed with vehicles used as weapons. Of the 44 officers killed by
were slain with handguns
with a shotgun
with firearms in which the types of firearms were unknown or not reported
Felonious deaths were reported in four U.S. regions and Puerto Rico.
officers were feloniously killed in the South
in the Midwest
in the West
in the Northeast
in Puerto Rico
enforcement agencies identified 49 alleged assailants in connection with the
felonious line-of-duty deaths.
of the assailants had prior criminal arrests.
of the offenders were under judicial supervision at the times of the
Forty-one law enforcement
officers were killed accidentally while performing their duties in 2019, a
decrease of 9 when compared with the 50 officers accidentally killed in 2018.
The majority (19 officers) were killed in motor vehicle crashes.
Profile. The average age of officers who were accidentally killed was
40 years old; the average number of years the victim officers had served in law
enforcement was 11. Of the 41 officers accidentally killed:
were black/African American.
Circumstances. The 41
officers accidentally killed died in a variety of scenarios:
died as a result of motor vehicle crashes
while operating cars, SUVs, trucks, or vans
while operating an ATV or a motorcycle
were pedestrian officers struck by vehicles
were killed in firearm-related incidents
officer was reported to have died in the category of an other type of
duty-related accident when they were struck by a tire/wheel while
assisting a motorist.
seatbelts. Of the 18 officers killed in motor vehicle crashes while
operating cars, SUVs, trucks, or vans, 9 were wearing seatbelts, and 6 were
not. Data about seatbelt usage was not reported for 3 of the officers.
Accidental deaths were reported in four U.S. regions.
of the accidental deaths occurred in the South
in the Midwest
in the West
in the Northeast
Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2019
schedule. In an effort to provide a more timely release of data to the
public, today’s release provides three sections of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and
Assaulted, 2019. These sections include data and statistics
concerning officers feloniously and accidentally killed and statistics about
federal officers killed and/or assaulted. The remaining portions of the
publication, which present data reported to the FBI concerning law enforcement
officers assaulted in the line of duty in 2019, will be available later this
data will be released in the fall and will include national statistics
about officers assaulted in the line of duty.
assault data will be released in the fall and will include statistics and
narratives concerning a subset of assault incidents in which officers
received injuries with firearms or knives/cutting instruments.
Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2019, is
available exclusively on the FBI’s UCR website.