AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) -
60 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty
nationwide this year, down 35 percent from last year, according to the
latest report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Even though the numbers are on the decline nationwide, Texas remains
number one for the most line-of-duty deaths sitting at six so far this
The head of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of
Texas (CLEAT) said unfortunately, he was not surprised to see Texas in
"It's such a big geographic area,” CLEAT
executive director Charley Wilkinson said. “Over 2,000 officers have
been killed in the line of duty. So we are always the top state
Although the numbers are down from this time last year, he believes one officer down is too many.
“We're glad to hear it but it doesn't change the families,” Wilkinson
said. “There will always be that empty chair, that person who will be
Firearm-related injuries are the leading cause of death so far this year.