The FBI’s annual report says last year’s numbers were higher than those five and ten years ago. The average age of officers killed was 40.
Some 66 law enforcement officers were killed in felonious incidents in 2016, the FBI reported Monday, up from 41 in 2015. Last year, 52 other officers died in accidents. In addition, 57,180 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults. The 66 felonious deaths occurred in 29 states and in Puerto Rico. Five- and 10-year comparisons show an increase of 17 felonious deaths compared with the 2012 figure (49 officers) and an increase of eight deaths compared with 2007 data (58 officers).
The average age of the officers who were feloniously killed was 40. The officers had served in law enforcement for an average of 13 years at the times of the fatal incidents. Of the 66 officers, 64 were male, and two were female. Sixty-one of the officers were white, four were black/African-American, and one was Asian/Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.