Despite Spike In Officer Shootings, Officer Deaths On Downward Trend
Officer deaths due to gunfire have jumped recently, but overall, law enforcement deaths have been declining for decades.By Lauren Stephenson | July 30, 2016
Thirty-three law enforcement officers have died due to gunfire so far this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. The site says that's a 94 percent increase in officer gunfire deaths from this time last year.
It's no wonder we're seeing so much coverage and varying statistics on officer deaths. In July alone, 13 officers died due to gunfire, compared to just one in July last year.
On July 7, five officers in Dallas working a peaceful protest of recent officer-involved shootings died after a gunman opened fire. Just a week later in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police said a gunman ambushed officers and killed three of them.